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Policy Evaluation

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Policy Evaluation

Linking Theory to Practice

9781852789466 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ray C. Rist, Operations Evaluation Department, The World Bank, Washington, DC, US
Publication Date: 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85278 946 6 Extent: 608 pp
Policy Evaluation provides a systematic assessment of the impact that public policy evaluations have on the governance of democratic societies. This book emphasises the impacts of policy evaluations on the formulation, implementation and accountability functions of governments. At all three phases of the policy cycle, there is a need for coherent and systematic evaluation. This book demonstrates how such evaluations can be conducted and the opportunities for their subsequent utilization.

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For governments to be successful in achieving their objectives, they need to select the correct policy instruments. This volume addresses the role of policy instruments in achieving policy objectives.

Policy Evaluation provides a systematic assessment of the impact that public policy evaluations have on the governance of democratic societies. This book emphasises the impacts of policy evaluations on the formulation, implementation and accountability functions of governments. At all three phases of the policy cycle, there is a need for coherent and systematic evaluation. This book demonstrates how such evaluations can be conducted and the opportunities for their subsequent utilization.
Critical Acclaim
‘This volume provides very comprehensive coverage of the subject.’
– International Review of Administrative Sciences
Contributors
31 articles, dating from 1989 to 1993
Contributors: E. Albaek, M. Bamberger, M. Howlett, B. Jenkins, S.B. Kamerman, J.A. Wysong
Contents
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part I: Policy Evaluation and the Policy Arena
A. Theoretical Perspectives
1. E. Albaek (1989–90), ‘Policy Evaluation: Design and Utilization’
2. F.L. Leeuw (1991), ‘Policy Theories, Knowledge Utilization, and Evaluation’
3. D.J. Palumbo and M.A. Hallett (1993), ‘Conflict Versus Consensus Models in Policy Evaluation and Implementation’
B. Policy Evaluation and Policy Instruments
4. M. Howlett (1991), ‘Policy Instruments, Policy Styles, and Policy Implementation: National Approaches to Theories of Instrument Choice’
5. M. Wrightson and T. Conlan (1989), ‘Targeting Aid to the Poor: What Have We Learned About Allocating Intergovernmental Grants?’
6. B. Abel Smith (1992), ‘Cost Containment and New Priorities in the European Community’
C. Policy Evaluation and Utilization
7. A. Gray and B. Jenkins (1989–90), ‘Policy Evaluation in a Time of Fiscal Stress: Some Reflections from British Experience’
8. M.L. Bemelmans-Videc (1989–90), ’Dutch Experience in the Utilization of Evaluation Research: The Procedure of Reconsideration’
9. D.H. Greenberg and M.B. Mandell (1991), ‘Research Utilization in Policymaking: A Tale of Two Series (of Social Experiments)’
10. J.E. Katz (1993), ‘Science, Technology, and Congress’
D. Policy Evaluation and Governance
11. J.-P. Nioche (1992), ‘Institutionalizing Evaluations in France: Skating on Thin Ice?’
12. M. Bamberger (1991), ‘The Politics of Evaluation in Developing Countries’
13. H.-U. Derlien (1992), ‘Two-Track Processes: Budgeting, Auditing and Evaluation in the Federal Republic of Germany’
Part II: The Policy Cycle
A. Policy Formulation
14. D.A. Rochefort and R.W. Cobb (1993), ‘Problem Definition, Agenda Access, and Policy Choice’
15. M. Peters and J. Marshall (1993), ‘Educational Policy Analysis and the Politics of Interpretation’
16. S.B. Kamerman and A.J. Kahn (1989), ‘Family Policy: Has The United States Learned From Europe’?
17. C.A. Arnold (1989), ‘Beyond Self-Interest: Policy Entrepreneurs and Aid to the Homeless’
B. Policy Implementation
18. R.C. Lippincott and R.P. Stoker (1992), ‘Policy Design for Implementation Effectiveness: Structural Change in a County Court System’
19. S. Jasanoff (1991), ‘Cross-National Differences in Policy Implementation’
20. G. Byner 91991), ‘Implementing Global Environmental Agreements’
C. Policy Accountability
21. R.C. Rist (1989), ‘Management Accountability: The Signals Sent by Auditing and Evaluation’
22. M. Bamberger (1989), ‘The Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Sector Programs in Asia: Why are Development Programs Monitored but Not Evaluated?’
23. J.W. Guthrie (1991), ‘The World’s New Political Economy is Politicizing Educational Evaluation’
Part III: Sectorial Policy Evaluation
A. Environment
24. L. Gan (1992–3), ‘Global Environmental Policy in Social Context: The Case of China’
B. Health Insurance
25. J.A Wysong and T. Abel (1990), ‘Universal Health Insurance and High-risk Groups in West Germany: Implications for U.S. Health Policy’
C. Education
26. P.A. McGavin (1991), ‘Policy Evaluation of Investment in Education: A Papua New Guinea Study’
D. Economic Development
27. D.L Brown and M.E. Warner (1991), ‘Persistent Low-Income Nonmetroplolitan Areas in the United States: Some Conceptual Challenges for Development Policy’
E. Industrial Relations
28. D. Marsh (1991), ‘British Industrial Relations Policy Transformed: The Thatcher Legacy’
F. Energy
29. D. Rahm (1993), ‘US Public Policy and Emerging Technologies: The Case of Solar Energy’
G. Child Support
30. J. Millar and P. Whiteford (1993), ‘Child Support in Lone-Parent Families: Policies in Australia and the UK’
H. Housing
31. D. Clapham and M. Satsangi (1992), ‘Performance Assessment and Accountability in British Housing Management’
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