9780765614896

An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts and Models of Public Policy Making

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  • ISBN13:

    9780765614896

  • ISBN10:

    0765614898

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 6/30/2005
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Now redesigned for increased user friendliness, this readable and practical introduction to the public policy process is intended for students in either traditional academic or professional programs at the undergraduate or graduate level. The author's direct writing style and extensive use of examples will also appeal to practitioners. The book offers an extensive overview of the best current thinking on the policy process, with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis rather than novelty and abstraction. It has many features that make it equally useful as a ready reference, including myriad definitions throughout each chapter; an annotated bibliography; an introduction to web-based research, with a guide to the most important and reliable public policy research sites; and additional reading suggestions. New for this edition are chapter-at-a-glance introductions; new case studies for major chapters; new Questions-for-Discussion; and sidebars for definitions.

Author Biography

Thomas A. Birkland teaches public policy and political science and public administration at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he is director of the university's Center for Policy Research and codirector of the university's Biodiversity and Conservation Policy Program.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
ix
Preface xi
Preface to the Second Edition: The Policy Process After September 11: Change Amid Stability xvii
The Study and Practice of Public Policy
3(22)
The Historical and Structural Context of Public Policy Making
25(27)
Official Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy
52(27)
Unofficial Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy
79(29)
Agenda Setting, Power, and Interest Groups
108(30)
Policies and Policy Types
138(19)
Policy Design and Policy Tools
157(24)
Policy Implementation and Policy Failure
181(19)
Putting It All Together: Models of the Policy Process
200(33)
Appendix: Public Policy Research on the Web 233(20)
Notes 253(16)
References 269(12)
Index 281

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"An Introduction to the Policy Process is intended for students in either academic or professional programs. The author's direct writing style and extensive use of examples will also appeal to practitioners. The book offers an extensive overview of the best current thinking on the policy process, with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis rather than novelty or abstraction."--BOOK JACKET.

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