Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2013 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Michael C. Fu

Public Policy Analysis

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1153-7_828


Public policy analysis refers to the activities, methods, and tools that are used to give aid, advice, and support in the context of public policymaking. It covers a wide range of activities conducted with differing primary objectives and perspectives. Mayer et al. ( 2004) introduced a conceptual framework – the hexagon framework – that classifies the policy analysis activities in a structured manner. According to the hexagon framework, an analyst providing policy support may carry out six major clusters of activities, each having different objectives. The six objectives, represented as the vertices of the hexagon given in Fig. 1, are:
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.RAND CorporationSanta MonicaUSA