Ontrasting views on the rationale for policy

Using these readings answer the following question:

Weimer and Vining (2005) and Stone (2001) represent two contrasting views on the rationale for policy.
a. What are Stone s main criticism of Weimer and Vining s (2005) approach?
b. From Weimer and Vining s (2005) perspective, what would be a criticism of a  polis approach?
c. Are these two perspectives reconcilable? Explain.


Weimer and Vining (2005), Ch. 2. What Is Policy Analysis? And Ch. *3. Toward Professional Ethics.

*Munger, Michael C. (2000). Five Questions: An Integrated Research Agenda for Public Choice. Public Choice, 103 (1-2), pp. 1-12.

Colebatch, H.K. (2005). Policy Analysis, Policy Practice and Political Science. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64 (3), pg. 14.

*Howard, Cosmo (2005). The Policy Cycle: A Model of Post-Machiavellian Policy Making? Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64 (3), pg. 3.

*Rein, Martin (1976). Social Science for Social Policy. Ch. 7 in Social Science and Public Policy. London: Penguin Books.
*Walker, Warren E. (2000). Policy Analysis: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Policymaking in the Public Sector. Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, 9 (1-3), pg. 11.

*Weimer, David L, 2005. Institutionalizing Neutrally Competent Policy Analysis. Policy Studies Journal, 33 (2), pg. 131.

*Bardach, Eugene (2004). A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. New York: Chatham House Publishers.

*Weimer, David L. (1998). Policy Analysis and Evidence: A Craft Perspective. Policy Studies Journal, 22 (March).

Weimer and Vining (2005), Chapters 4 (Efficiency and the Idealized Competitive Model) and 5 (Rationales for Public Policy: Market Failures).

Stone (2001), Chapters 2 (Equity) and 3 (Efficiency)

* Banfield, Edward C. (1959). Ends and Means in Planning. International Social Science Journal, 11 (3).

* Friedmann John (1987). Planning as Policy Analysis. In the Public Domain, pp. 136-156.

Further Instructions

Write a maximum of five double-spaced pages (or about 1,800 words) for each question. The answer to each question should start on a new page. Citations are expected and should be included as footnotes. Full citations are expected the first time an article or book are cited and an abbreviated citation thereafter.
Tables summarizing information should be included as separate sheets, not within the text. Like footnotes, tables do not count towards the maximum number of words or pages.

You are expected to go beyond the assigned readings in class to answer these questions. The questions are designed to integrate several of the required and optional readings assigned for discussion in class (optional readings are denoted by an asterisk). At a minimum, make sure that you make reference and use all the readings assigned for class and those optional readings that are relevant to a specific question.

Responses are expected to engage in a critical discussion of the ideas exposed in the readings.