Since its debut, Policy Paradox has been widely acclaimed as the most accessible policy text available.
Problematizing the basic concepts of policy analysis, this book details the role of struggle in defining ideas like equity, efficiency, liberty, and fairness. Likewise, the tools of policy making<-->incentives, rules, persuasion, legal protections, and the reorganization of authority<-->are recast as complex social processes. Stone (government, Dartmouth College) argues that, at every stage and on every level, values shape policy design and implementation. This edition includes a chapter-length case study of affirmative action policies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)