1. (Worth 20%) Policy analysis textbooks commonly state that most legislators rarely use
policy analyses, even when well-done analyses are available. Explain why this is so, and
then also discuss ways of attempting to increase the use of analyses.
Draw on the articles we have read, such as those by Behn and Grob.
2. (Worth 25%) For water pollution produced by factories and businesses, discuss:
(a) In just one or two sentences: What reason might government give for getting
involved in this problem?
(b) In just a few sentences: What reasons might be given by someone who believes
that government should not become involved in the problem?
(c) In substantial detail: What would someone in favor of quasi-market forms of
regulation (such as Blinder) specifically propose? Most important: What specific
arguments would he make about why his proposals are better than the two
alternatives of either no intervention or command-and-control regulations? Illustrate
your discussion with water pollution examples.
3. (Worth 25%) There has long been a heated debate over which government programs, if
any, should be privatized.
What specific advantages and disadvantages accrue from privatization, and under
what circumstances? Illustrate your discussion by using Kettl’s readings.
4. (Worth 30%) You are the police chief of a large city, and are trying to decide how to
allocate a limited number of property protection units to the different neighborhoods. (Police
property protection units are groups of officers that specialize in combating such property
crimes as burglary, robbery, and auto theft.)
How would Friedman advocate financing and distributing these police? Why?
Discuss in substantial detail: how would they defend their decisions.
What specific information would they need in a policy analysis, and how would they
use that information? Be sure to keep the focus of your answer very specifically on police