"Can Governments Learn? "examines organizational learning in the public sector. It seeks to understand what role policy and program evaluation information can play in helping governments to learn. Among the democratic societies that are studied are Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Their governmental systems have produced and learned from evaluation information in quite different ways. Significantly, the studies documented here show that the concept of organizational learning has vitality and applicability cross-nationally.
"Can Governments Learn ? "evaluates preconditions for governmental learning as well as the institutional and human resource factors that contribute to the process. This is the third volume in the comparative policy analysis series. It is essential for policymakers, government officials, and scholars interested in improving the performance of governments.
Contributors (Volume VII--partial list): POLICY RESEARCH/POLICY PERSPECTIVES: I.L. Horowitz, J.J. Richardson, A.G. Jordan, H. Stein, R. Nathan; EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING: R.B. Ripley, G.A. Franklin, J. Bovard, R.C. Rist, R. Taggart; HEALTH POLICY: L. Wyszewianski, J. Wheller, A. Donabedian, P.P. Bu-detti, J. Butler, P. McManus, D. Rosner, D. Gikhrist, S.P. Schinke, R.M. Hessler, A.C. Twaddle; SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY: N. Keyfitz, M.D. Levy, H. Mosley; URBAN POLICY: J.M. Goering, C.J. Orlebeke, P. Marcuse, P. Medoff, A. Pereira; EDUCATION POLICY: B.C. Rabe, P.E. Peterson, O.K. Cohen, S. Pogrow, H.M. Levin; ENERGY POLICY: G.A. Daneke, J.D. Roessner, M.D. Reagan; INDUSTRIAL POLICY: D. McKay, A. Etzioni, J. Hills.
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Drawing from such public sector administrators as William Ruckelshaus and Eleanor Chelimsky, academic policy analysts such as Martin Feldstein and Irving Louis horowitz, and two congressional support agencies (CBO and GAO), the volume provides the most timely and relevant assessments of current policy issues. It also provides the reader with a framework within which to approach substantie areas as widely disparate as national security and health care. The volume is an indispensible tool for those who seek to sort through the confusions and contradictions of present policy statements in order to gain a cogent view of how these and other issues are framed and what viable policy options are available. ,
Contents (partial): METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS--S. Rosen, S. Tolchin, D. McCaffrey, J. Hall, P. Dommel, S. Kelman; NONECONOMIC FACTORS IN ECONOMIC POLICY MAKING--A. Etzioni, A. Bhattacharya, J. Fel-dman, M. Fedstein; THE SAFETY NET AS PUBLIC POLICY--Congressional Budget Office, C. Murray, U.S. General Accounting Office, R. Struyk, R.K. Weaver; WORK AND LABOR POLICY--S. Levitan, D. Bresnik, L. Datta; HEALTH POLICY AND COST CONTAINMENT--V. Fuchs, B.B. Torrey, J. Lave; DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY--S. Deitchman, H. Brown, R. Art, D. Robertson, J. Steinbruner, I.L. Horowitz, C. Danopoulos; INFORMATION POLICY--E. Chelimsky, L. Perlman, R.J. Perlman, P. Lengyel; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY--W. Ruckelshaus, M. Kraft, N. Vig, R.C. Kearney, J.J. Stucker, W.K. Viscusi; IMMIGRATION POLICY--R. Mines, P. Martin, E Bean, T. Sullivan, D.G. Papademetriou.