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Journal Article

Participatory Policy Analysis in a Social Service Agency: A Case Study

Dan Durning
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Spring, 1993), pp. 297-322
DOI: 10.2307/3325237
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3325237
Page Count: 26
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Participatory Policy Analysis in a Social Service Agency: A Case Study
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Abstract

In this article, I identify four types of participatory policy analysis (PPA) that have been proposed to address two alleged failures of traditional policy analysis: that it is antidemocratic and that its positivist framework creates a mistaken view of the analytic task. Then I present a case study of one type of PPA that has received little research attention, organization--stakeholder policy analysis. In the case, I describe how the Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services used an 11-member policy analysis team, all employees of the organization, to analyze its order of selection policy and present advice to its executive committee. Following the case description, I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this type of PPA and suggest that it should be viewed as a "method of the second type" that may be well suited for addressing some messy or ill-structured policy issues.

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