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Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 6th Edition

By Leslie A. Pal, Graeme Auld, Alexandra Mallett
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ISBN-10: 0176886915
ISBN-13: 9780176886912
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 6th

With an authoritative and courageous approach, Beyond Policy Analysis examines public policymaking in Canada at all areas of governance, including Heath Care, Education, Economic Development and Trade. This title goes beyond conventional categories and concepts to examine how the world of policymaking has changed with the increasing pressures of globalization, information technology, changing public values and cultural assumptions, citizen distrust, and decentralization and subsidiary. The sixth edition investigates ever-evolving governance, and proactively discusses contemporary Canadian issues.


  • *NEW* Updated and revised content, including examples and references/research, to include current, contemporary issues in policy analysis, e.g., the decriminalization of cannabis.
  • *NEW* Incorporates more content from the Indigenous perspective, e.g., discussion of modern treaties.
  • *NEW* Chapter 8, Policymaking Under Pressure, has been removed and the content has been integrated into the other applicable chapters.
  • *NEW* Adds end-of-chapter case studies in applicable chapters feature article excerpts from Policy Options Journal that highlight policy issues.
  • *NEW* More headings/subheadings and illustrative/photo content to help break up text and make content more reader friendly and engaging.
  • *NEW* Includes new case studies on topics such as: the national pharmacare policy, the rise of populism, the fall of workers' wage, e-government, and the evaluation of policies and programs.
  • 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
  • Reflects recent changes in tone and emphasis on 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 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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice
  • Chapter 2: Modern Governance: Challenges for Policy Analysis
  • Chapter 3: Agenda Setting and Problem (re)Solving in Policy Analysis
  • Chapter 4: Policy Instruments and Policy Design
  • Chapter 5: Policy Implementation
  • Chapter 6: Policy Actors, Communities, and Networks
  • Chapter 7: Evaluation
  • Chapter 8: Policy Communication
  • Chapter 9: Going Forward: Doing Policy Analysis
  • Index

Author Information

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.

Graeme Auld

Graeme Auld is Director and Associate Professor at Carleton's School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). He holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from Yale University, United States, and a master's degree in Forest Policy from Auburn University, United States. Graeme's research focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy, global environmental governance, and the rise of private governance and authority. Much of his work examines the formation, evolution, and impacts of non-state and hybrid forms of global governance across economic sectors. He also researches the design and efficacy of policy aimed at tackling global problems such as climate change.

Alexandra Mallett

Alexandra Mallett is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada, who has had a long-standing interest in public policy, science, and sustainability issues. She also serves as the Supervisor on the policy side for Carleton University's interdisciplinary graduate program in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Policy. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom, a master's degree in International Development from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an honours bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. Before working in academia, Alex gained experience employed for the Canadian government (Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Environment Canada (EC)), a non-profit organization (Street Kids International), and an intergovernmental organization (Organization of American States in Washington, DC, United States). Prior to arriving at Carleton in 2010, she worked at the Sussex Energy Group, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom (2008-2010) and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (2007-2008). More recently, Dr. Mallett was awarded a Canadian Science Policy Fellowship in 2016-2017, working for NRCan on clean technology and innovation issues. Her research focuses on issues involving science, technology, and innovation processes, with a focus on public policy and sustainable energy, especially in emerging economies (such as India, China, Brazil, and Mexico) and North America, including a study examining sustainable energy options in the Canadian Arctic. A further line of research focuses on contemporary shifts involved in the governance of natural resources, with a particular focus on public policy processes regarding mining in Brazil.