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Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 5th Edition

  • Leslie A. Pal
  • ISBN-10: 0176507876
  • ISBN-13: 9780176507879
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Authoritative and intrepid, Beyond Policy Analysis examines public policymaking in Canada with an eye to what lies beyond conventional categories and concepts. Author Leslie A. Pal explores the extent to which the world of policymaking has reacted to the increasing pressures of globalization, information technology, changing public values and cultural assumptions, citizen distrust, and decentralization and subsidiarity. His fifth edition keeps up with the hectic pace of ever-evolving governance and includes updated examples and statistical information, a greater balance between Canadian and international policy in Chapter 2, and the inclusion of a new chapter on political communication (Ch.9).


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About the Author

Leslie A. Pal

Leslie A. Pal is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He joined Carleton University in 1992, after teaching at the University of Calgary for ten years. He has a BA in Political Science (Hons) from Mount Allison University, and a Doctorate from Queen’s University, Kingston. (Further details are available in Canadian Who's Who.) From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration. Professor Pal has served on the national boards of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Institute on Governance, and the Performance and Planning Exchange. He also has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Administration, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He was the Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme from 1998 to 2001. Currently, he is co-Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management at Carleton University, and is also the Chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. Professor Pal is active internationally as well. For several years he worked with the Civil Service Training and Development Institute of the Government of Hong Kong, training senior civil servants. He has worked on public sector reform projects in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, and was Director for the School’s Canada/Russian Academy of Public Administration project under the Governance Advisory and Exchange Program. In July 2006, at the 20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Fukuoka Japan, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association for 2006-2009. Dr. Pal is the author/editor of twenty-four books, and over sixty book chapters and journal articles.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice
Chapter 2: Modern Governance: The Challenges for Policy Analysis
Chapter 3: Problem Definition in Policy Analysis
Chapter 4: Policy Instruments and Design
Chapter 5: Policy Implementation
Chapter 6: Policy Communities and Networks
Chapter 7: Evaluation
Chapter 8: Policymaking under Pressure
Chapter 9: Policy Communication
Chapter 10: Conclusions

New to this edition

  • Reflects recent changes in tone and emphasis of forces such as globalization, information technology, changing public values and cultural assumptions, citizen distrust, new public management techniques and practices, policy networks, consultation, and engagement
  • Addresses the global financial crisis in more detail and reflects on its implications for policymaking, exploring fundamental questions about public management reform and governance
  • Examines the sense of interdependency around issues such as climate change; security; and changes in the flow of human populations and the resulting impact of this flow to society and economy, both in Canada and abroad.
  • Adds new and emerging perspectives to the discussion of “new public management” (NPM), such as the increased consideration of governance for a well-functioning society and economy, and specific for Canada, of a renewed emphasis on fiscal probity, and the increased emphasis on values, ethics, and accountability
  • New! In response to changing forces that now put an even greater premium on effective and persuasive communication of policy options, a new Chapter 9 focuses on policy communication.