Explores the histories and structures of US policy analysis institutions.
Organization for Policy Analysis explores the histories and structures of US policy analysis institutions. A distinguishing feature of US policy organizations is their specialized ability to make plausible and relevant sense of data. The book studies 14 organizations:
The study excludes for-profit, advocacy, and academic institutions because they each have inherent biases or influences which limit their objectivity and/or influence.
Comments The writing style and organization of this book, which varies from chapter to chapter, is distracting. The book successfully outlines the histories and purposes of the 15 policy analysis institutions. It does not highlight the relative strengths and/or weaknesses of these institutions or consistently provide the reader with keys to successful policy analysis. Nor does it solicit outside opinions on any of the institutions. In other words, it is mostly a historical primer and, as such, provides guidance for viewing the context of these types of policy analysis institutions in the United States.