This Handbook deals with many aspects of public policy evaluation including methods, examples, studies, professionalism, perspectives, concepts, trends, substance, theory, applications, dispute resolution, interdisciplinary interaction and bibliographies. A rich variety of insights and alternative perspectives on systematic policy evaluation, as well as ideas and applications dealing with win-win policy evaluation are, brought together to create a unique resource in public policy evaluation.
Chapter 20: Policy Theory
Policy theory can be divided into conceptual theory, theory of knowing, causal theory, and normative theory. They all have in common a high level of generality about public policy—higher than methods, process, or substance.1
Conceptual Theory and Policy Analysis
Defining Policy Analysis
Public policy analysis can be defined as determining which of various alternative public or governmental policies will best achieve a given set of goals in light of the relations between the ...