Presidential Address-Analysis of Race as Policy Analysis
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Spring, 2002), pp. 169-190
23 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2002
Modern policy analysis training largely ignores race as a substantive area of inquiry. Many significant race-related topics in contemporary policy have escaped the attention of professionals in the APPAM community. The tools and techniques of moder policy analysis-particularly those that emphasize the tension between equity and efficiency-certainly ought to be of use in finding solutions to nagging problems confronting communities of color. Unfortunately, a quick look at the articles published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) or the courses taught at the top schools of public affairs reveals a lack of race analysis within the discipline. The discipline that does focus on race analysis-ethnic studies-provides little emphasis on policy analysis. Reviewing the top African American studies programs in the nation, we see that these programs largely ignore policy analysis as a problem-solving tool. Yet there are quite a few reasons to create closer connections between analysis of race and policy analysis, and, happily, there are many opportunities, frequently unexplored, for enhancing these connections.
Keywords: presidential address-analysis, policy analysis
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