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What kind of policy analysis is required now that governments increasingly encounter the limits of governing? Exploring the contexts of politics and policy making, this 2003 book presents an original analysis of the relationship between state and society, and new possibilities for collective learning and conflict resolution. The key insight of the book is that democratic governance calls for a new deliberatively-oriented policy analysis. Traditionally policy analysis has been state-centered, based on the assumption that central government is self-evidently the locus of governing. Drawing on detailed empirical examples, the book examines the influence of developments such as increasing ethnic and cultural diversity, the complexity of socio-technical systems, and the impact of transnational arrangements on national policy making. This contextual approach indicates the need to rethink the relationship between social theory, policy analysis, and politics. The book is essential reading for all those involved in the study of public policy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521530705
ISBN-10: 0521530709
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 324
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maarten A. Hajer

Maarten A. Hajer is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam. Hendrik Wagenaar is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Leiden University and Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

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