- The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
- About the Contributors
- The Public and its Policies
- The Historical Roots of the Field
- Emergence of Schools of Public Policy: Reflections by a Founding Dean
- Training for Policy Makers
- Policy Analysis as Puzzle Solving
- Policy Analysis as Critical Listening
- Policy Analysis as Policy Advice
- Policy Analysis for Democracy
- Policy Analysis as Critique
- The Origins of Policy
- Agenda Setting
- Ordering through Discourse
- Arguing, Bargaining, and Getting Agreement
- Policy Impact
- The Politics of Policy Evaluation
- Policy Dynamics
- Learning in Public Policy
- Reframing Problematic Policies
- Policy in Practice
- Policy Network Analysis
- Smart Policy?
- The Tools of Government in the Information Age
- Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis
- Public‐Private Collaboration
- Economic Constraints on Public Policy
- Political Feasibility: Interests and Power
- Institutional Constraints on Policy
- Social and Cultural Factors : Constraining and Enabling
- Globalization and Public Policy
- Distributive and Redistributive Policy
- Market and Non‐Market Failures
- Privatization and Regulatory Regimes
- Democratizing the Policy Process
- The Logic of Appropriateness
- Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy
- Economic Techniques
- Economism and its Limits
- Policy Modeling
- Social Experimentation for Public Policy
- The Unique Methodology of Policy Research
- Choosing Governance Systems: A Plea for Comparative Research
- The Politics of Retrenchment: The US Case
- Reflections on How Political Scientists (and Others) Might Think about Energy and Policy
- Reflections on Policy Analysis: Putting it Together Again
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses the politics of policy evaluation and approaches this in two ways, each with its own shortcomings and crucial strengths. The first approach looks at the roles and functions of policy evaluation and puts them in the wider politics of public policy making. The second looks at how the key schools of policy analysis propose to deal with the contested and inherently political nature of evaluation. The article ends with an original view of how policy analysis may cope with the challenge of ex post evaluation.
Mark Bovens is Professor of Legal Philosophy and of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Research Director of the Utrecht School of Governance.
Paul 't Hart is Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, which he joined in 2001. He is also associate Dean at the Netherlands School of Government in The Hague. He was previously at Leiden University's Department of Public Administration from 1987-2004, and has held visiting positions at the University of Canberra, Nuffield College Oxford, and the Stockholm Centre of Organizational Research (SCORE) of Stockholm University. Between 2001-2005, he was adjunct professor of public management at the Swedish Defence College in Stockholm. He has authored or edited 20 books in English and a further 14 in Dutch.
Sanneke Kuipers is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Public Administration, University of Leiden.
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