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Public policy debate and the rise of policy analysis

5 December 2012




Since the mid-1960s, an increasingly large number of people, trained in the humanities and social sciences, have come to devote their professional lives to producing policy advice. This is a global phenomenon, although until recently the intensification of activities associated with policy advising has been most pronounced in the United States. As government demand for well-trained policy analysts and advisors has risen, universities have sought to provide relevant graduate-level training.

Suggested citation

Mintrom, M. & Williams, C. (2012). Public policy debate and the rise of policy analysis. In Araral, E., Fritzen, S., Howlett, M., Ramesh, M., & Wu, X., Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. London and New York: Routledge.


Authors: Michael Mintrom and Claire Williams
Published Date: 5 December 2012