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Policy Analysis of Multi-Actor Systems

Policy Analysis of Multi-Actor Systems
  • Year of publication 2010
  • 175 pages
Author:Bert Enserink, Leon Hermans, Jan Kwakkel, Wil Thissen, Joop Koppenjan en Pieter Bots
Series:Studieboeken bestuur en beleid
Category: Social Sciences Public Administration
Voor docenten: Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (WO)
Icon_printbook 978‐90‐5931‐538‐9 | paperback | 1st edition | € 35.00
Icon_ebook 978‐94‐6094‐158‐0 | ebook | € 31.99 / $ 43.18 / £ 33.90

Policy analysts love solving complex problems. Their favorite problems are not just technically complex but also characterized by the presence of many different social actors that hold conflicting interests, objectives, and perceptions and act strategically to get the best out of a problem situation. This book offers guidance for policy analysts who want to assess if and how their analysis could be of help, based on the premise that problem formulation is the cornerstone in addressing complex problems.

This book positions policy analysis within the theories on processes of policy making, and focuses on methods and techniques for structuring complex problems. The book takes a systems perspective as its basis, complemented by techniques for analyzing multi-actor systems, and for dealing with an uncertain future. Analytical results are then interpreted and used for problem formulation. In the last part of the book, the resulting problem formulation is used to diagnose meaningful follow-up activities, including potential in-depth policy analysis research. This book is firmly embedded in problem structuring theory, but also shows the tricks of the trade, the assumptions underlying practice, the choices that need to be made, and the dilemmas encountered by the analyst.

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Academics

Author's information

The authors are involved in teaching problem structuring methods and policy analysis at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. Their interdisciplinary approach to problem formulation reflects their multi-disciplinary backgrounds, which range from physics, informatics and land-use planning to public administration and the philosophy of technology.

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