Political Science
September 7, 2023
Authors Eric Patashnik, Eugene Bardach
Tags Eric Patashnik
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A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving


This is an excellent introductory text. It is accessible enough to use with my undergraduate students, but rigorous enough for graduate students. It does an excellent job walking students through the weeds of policy analysis. It is a good match for my course because it is able to teach students some of the practical challenges of policy analysis in a way that nicely complements the more theoretical approach of the rest of my course.

Peter Johannessen, University of Virginia

This is by far the best book of its kind. I have used it in my graduate courses on policy analysis for years. I will certainly continue to use it. It provides a great mix of practical advice on top of a solid academic foundation and explains to students how to conduct a professional policy analysis in a step-by-step way.

Michael Mumper, Adams State University

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience with policy analysis, best-selling authors Eugene Bardach and Eric M. Patashnik use real-world examples to teach students how to be effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysts. The Sixth Edition of A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis presents dozens of concrete tips, new case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional.