The Policy Analysis Approach to Public Decisionmaking

by Warren Walker

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This paper, which was presented at the National Public Administration Day Congress in the Netherlands, is a brief introduction to policy analysis for students of public administration. It describes each of the steps in the policy analysis process, then illustrates them with a case study--the description of a project that examined alternative ways of improving the Dutch river dikes.

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