Public Policy Analysis

New Developments

  • Wil A. H. Thissen
  • Warren E. Walker

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 179)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Wil A. H. Thissen, Warren E. Walker
    Pages 1-8
  3. Policy Analysis in a Multi-Actor Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Bert Enserink, Joop F. M. Koppenjan, Igor S. Mayer
      Pages 11-40
    3. Igor S. Mayer, C. Els van Daalen, Pieter W. G. Bots
      Pages 41-64
    4. Wil A. H. Thissen
      Pages 65-101
    5. Pieter W. G. Bots
      Pages 103-132
    6. Hans de Bruijn, Ernst F. ten Heuvelhof, Bert Enserink
      Pages 133-150
  4. Modeling for Policy Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-156
    2. Warren E. Walker, C. Els van Daalen
      Pages 157-184
    3. Leon M. Hermans, Scott W. Cunningham
      Pages 185-213
    4. Warren E. Walker, Vincent A. W. J. Marchau, Jan H. Kwakkel
      Pages 215-261
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 263-286

About this book


Traditional policy analysis approaches are characterized by a focus on system modeling and choosing among policy alternatives. While successful in many cases, this approach has been increasingly criticized for being technocratic and ignoring the behavioral and political dimensions of most policy processes. In recent decades, increased awareness of the multi-actor, multiple perspective, and poly-centric character of many policy processes has led to the development of a variety of different perspectives on the styles and roles of policy analysis, and to new analytical tools and approaches – for example, argumentative approaches, participative policy analysis, and negotiation support. As a result, the field has become multi-faceted and somewhat fragmented.

Public Policy Analysis: New Developments acknowledges the variety of approaches and provides a synthesis of the traditional and new approaches to policy analysis. It provides an overview and typology of different types of policy analytic activities, characterizing them according to differences in character and leading values, and linking them to a variety of theoretical notions on policymaking. Thereby, it provides assistance to both end users and analysts in choosing an appropriate approach given a specific policy situation.  By broadening the traditional approach and methods to include the analysis of actors and actor networks related to the policy issue at hand, it deepens the state of the art in certain areas. While the main focus of the book is on the cognitive dimensions of policy analysis, it also links the policy analysis process to the policymaking process, showing how to identify and involve all relevant stakeholders in the process, and how to create favorable conditions for use of the results of policy analytic efforts by the policy actors.


Actor Networks Policy Analysis Public Administration Public Policy System Models Uncertainty

Editors and affiliations

  • Wil A. H. Thissen
    • 1
  • Warren E. Walker
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Technology, Policy and ManDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  2. 2., Department of Technology, Policy and ManDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

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