A Book Review of [Public Policymaking Re-examined], by Yehezkel Dror.

by Daniel J. Alesch


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Focusing on policy reform, the author presents a general policymaking model with three concepts: (1) net output, based on a logical, operational, less-than-ideal framework, as a measure of policymaking; (2) metapolicymaking, a qualitative, 18-phase process, as a procedure for making policy about policy decisions; and (3) policy science, a separate field the reviewer finds similar to Henry Fagin's "policies planning," as bringing disciplined intelligence to bear on public policymaking. Policymaking needs improvement in knowledge, personnel, inputs, environment, and structure. From the vantage point of the reviewer, the book seems somewhat less than a contribution to the academic community. 5 pp.

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