From formulation to implementation, an approach to the analysis of social policy through the lens of research
Analyzing Social Policy prepares professionals and students to make better informed decisions related to identifying and understanding the intricacies and potential impact of social policymaking and enactment on their organization as well as their individual responsibilities, goals, and objectives.
Authors Mary Katherine O'Connor and F. Ellen Netting thoroughly examine various approaches to the analysis of social policies and how these approaches provide the knowledge, multiple perspectives, and other resources to understand and grasp the nuances of social policy in all its complexity.
Comprehensive and based on research, Analyzing Social Policy explores:
An overview of the practice of social policy analysis
The role of research in guiding policy analysis
The idea of policy analyses as research
Themes, assumptions, and major theories that undergird rational models of policy analysis
Nonrational themes, assumptions, and major theories informing nontraditional interpretive and critical approaches to policy analysis
Strategies for applying selected models and approaches when engaging in policy analysis as research
Providing practitioners and students with a set of tools that can be used to enhance an understanding of what constitutes policy as well as acceptable standards for critical analysis of policy, this resource enables policy advocates—regardless of their level—to be political, strategic, and critical in their work.
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O’Connor and Netting are both professors in schools of social work, with backgrounds in sociology and practical experience of social work, including the Peace Corps in O’Connor’s case. What interested me about this book was not just the analytical tools, but the variety of approaches to policy analysis. I was struck by the idea that policing and security could be viewed as social policy. If security policy were analyzed as a social policy using some of these tools, I think it would be instructive. Basic policy analysis questions all apply: how is the policy formulated, how is it initiated, implemented, disseminated, and with what impact? What is the policy-practice link? what are the opportunity costs and unintended consequences? In fact, police and military are mentioned only tangentially, and police and military policy are not touched upon at all, but the tools are no less relevant for that. The overview defines rational, non-rational, and critical...
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