Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Updated in its 3rdedition, Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planningpresents quickly applied methods for analyzing and resolving planning and policy issues at state, regional, and urban levels. Divided into two parts, Methodswhich presents quick methods in nine chapters and is organized around the steps in the policy analysis process, and Caseswhich presents seven policy cases, ranging in degree of complexity, the text provides readers with the resources they need for effective policy planning and analysis. Quantitative and qualitative methods are systematically combined to address policy dilemmas and urban planning problems. Readers and analysts utilizing this text gain comprehensive skills and background needed to impact public policy.

Author Biography

Carl V. Patton, President Emeritus and Professor of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University, has taught and conducted research across the U.S. and in Greece, Indonesia and China. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His other book topics include quick answers to quantitative problems, infrastructure deterioration, self-built housing, and early retirement options.


David S. Sawicki, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, has published over eighty articles in refereed journals in policy and planning. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He has chaired planning programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as Georgia Tech, been Senior Advisor for Data and Policy Analysis at The Carter Center's Atlanta Project, and recently edited the Journal of the American Planning Association of six years.


Jennifer J. Clark, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, teaches courses in urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice as well as research design and methods. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Her research and publications address the subject of national and regional development policies related to manufacturing and innovation systems.



Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Need for Simple Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning

Chapter 2: The Policy Analysis Process

Chapter 3: Crosscutting Methods

Chapter 4: Verifying, Defining, and Detailing the Problem

Chapter 5: Establishing Evaluation Criteria

Chapter 6: Identifying Alternatives

Chapter 7: Evaluating Alternative Policies

Chapter 8: Displaying Alternatives and Distinguishing among Them

Chapter 9: Monitoring and Evaluating Implemented Policies



Chapter 10: Downtown Development

Chapter 11: Defending against Accusations of Discriminatory Housing Practices

Chapter 12: Municipal Garbage: Solid-Waste Collection Methods

Chapter 13: University On Campus Parking Policies

Chapter 14: Emergency Aid for Home Heating Fuel: Developing an Allocation


Chapter 15: A State Tax on Plastic Shopping Bags

Chapter 16: Public-Private Redevelopment Projects: The Case of Underground



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