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Calculated Choices in Policy-Making

The Theory and Practice of Impact Assessment


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 1-34
  3. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 35-50
  4. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 51-74
  5. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 75-121
  6. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 122-147
  7. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 148-172
  8. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 173-194
  9. Michiel S. de Vries
    Pages 195-204
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-220

About this book


This is a book about making choices based on the evaluation of alternatives. The outcomes of choices are often worse than people expect. This book discusses the major problems in evaluating courses of action and examines the political contexts in which decisions are made. The subject matter of this book is at the crossroads of policy and research methodology. How can information derived from empirical research benefit a policy-maker or decision maker, and how should this information be incorporated in the decision-making process?


action assessment decision-making empirical research evaluation information methodology policy-making research

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and Administrative SciencesFree University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the authors

DR MICHIEL S. DE VRIES is Senior Lecturer of Public Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Free University, Amsterdam. He obtained his MA at the University of Groningen and his PhD at the University of Utrecht. He is the author of a number of books and several articles on public policy analysis, evaluation methods and international relations published both I the Netherlands and abroad.

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