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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Policy Evaluation1
Policy evaluation
Evert Vedung
Definition

Evaluation is the process of determining the merit of an entity and the product of that determination. This statement captures the two universal meanings of evaluation as a phenomenon in all intellectual and practical human endeavors (Scriven, 2013: 178).

In the present context, evaluation will be restricted to the scrutiny and judgment of public policies or, in more general wording, public interventions. In the spirit of the eminent Italian political scientist Giovanni Sartori (2009a: 89–91, 84–85; 2009b: 139–140), I will start with a minimal definition of the term evaluation, which is a contested concept, a semantic magnet (Vedung, 1997: 3). To cut a long and convoluted story short, for public governance, I propose the following minimal ...

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