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Theory and Practice in Policy Analysis
Including Applications in Science and Technology

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Jared L. Cohon
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316636206

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  • Many books instruct readers on how to use the tools of policy analysis. This book is different. Its primary focus is on helping readers to look critically at the strengths, limitations, and the underlying assumptions analysts make when they use standard tools or problem framings. Using examples, many of which involve issues in science and technology, the book exposes readers to some of the critical issues of taste, professional responsibility, ethics, and values that are associated with policy analysis and research. Topics covered include policy problems formulated in terms of utility maximization such as benefit-cost, decision, and multi-attribute analysis, issues in the valuation of intangibles, uncertainty in policy analysis, selected topics in risk analysis and communication, limitations and alternatives to the paradigm of utility maximization, issues in behavioral decision theory, issues related to organizations and multiple agents, and selected topics in policy advice and policy analysis for government.

    • Practitioners of policy analysis will be able to better understand the tools of their trade, and the broader contexts in which analysis contributes
    • Focuses on helping readers to look critically at the strengths, limitations, and the underlying assumptions analysts make when they use standard tools of policy analysis
    • The book will appeal to students and practitioners alike
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316636206
    • length: 604 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Policy analysis: an overview
    Part I. Making Decisions that Maximize Utility:
    2. Preferences and the idea of utility
    3. Benefit–cost analysis
    4. Decision analysis
    5. Valuing intangibles and other non-market outcomes
    6. Multi-attribute utility theory and multi-criteria decision making with Jared L. Cohon
    7. Preferences over time and across space
    Part II. Some Widely Used Analysis Tools and Topics:
    8. Characterizing, analyzing, and communicating uncertainty
    9. Expert elicitation
    10. Risk analysis
    11. The use of models in policy analysis
    Part III. How Individuals and Organizations Actually Make Decisions:
    12. Human mental processes for perception, memory, and decision making
    13. Risk perception and risk ranking
    14. Risk communication
    15. Organizational behavior and decision making
    Part IV. The Policy Process and S&T Policy (Mainly) in the United States:
    16. Analysis and the policy process
    17. The period prior to World War II
    18. US science and technology policy from World War II to 1960
    19. Science and technology advice to government

  • Author

    M. Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    M. Granger Morgan is the Hamerschlag Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, where he was the founding Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He also holds appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management. He has worked extensively on policy problems that involve issues in science and technology. Much of his work has focused on the characterization and treatment of uncertainty, especially as applied to environmental issues, involving energy and electric power, and many aspects of the problem of climate change. Morgan's formal academic training is in applied physics. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of many papers and five books including Uncertainty: A Guide to Dealing with Uncertainty in Quantitative Risk and Policy Analysis (Cambridge, 1990) and Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (Cambridge, 2001).


    Jared L. Cohon

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