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Public Policymaking



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  • Public Policymaking An Introduction
    Public Policymaking An Introduction
  • Public Policymaking, 7th Edition
    Public Policymaking, 7th Edition
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    Public Policymaking
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To explain the fundamentals of public policy, this best-selling text focuses on the process behind the crafting of legislation. By examining the individual steps--from identifying a problem, to agenda setting, to evaluation, revision, or termination of a policy--students are able to see how different factors influence the creation of policy. Each chapter features at least one case study that illustrates how general ideas are applied to specific policy issues. This new Seventh Edition addresses the economic crisis as well as how the Obama administration differs from the Bush administration in its approach to policy making.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Study of Public Policyp. l
The Plan of This Bookp. 2
What Is Public Policy?p. 6
Categories of Public Policiesp. 9
Approaches to Policy Studyp. 18
Methodological Difficulties in Studying Public Policyp. 29
For Further Explorationp. 31
Test Your Knowledgep. 32
Suggested Readingsp. 32
Notesp. 33
The Policy-Makers and Their Environmentp. 36
The Policy Environmentp. 40
The Official Policy-Makersp. 48
Nongovernmental Participantsp. 59
Levels of Politicsp. 69
Case Study The Endangered Snail Darterp. 75
For Further Explorationp. 77
Test Your Knowledgep. 77
Suggested Readingsp. 77
Notesp. 78
Policy Formation: Problems, Agendas, and Formulationp. 83
Policy Problemsp. 85
The Policy Agendap. 90
The Agenda-Setting Processp. 93
Nondecisionsp. 100
The Loss of Agenda Statusp. 101
Two Cases in Agenda Settingp. 102
Case Study Coal-Mine Safetyp. 102
Case Study Environmental Pollution Controlp. 705
The Formulation of Policy Proposalsp. 107
Policy Formulation as a Technical Processp. 112
Case Study Formulating Policy: The Family and Medical Leave Actp. 114
A Concluding Commentp. 119
For Further Explorationp. 119
Test Your Knowledgep. 120
Suggested Readingsp. 120
Notesp. 121
Policy Adoptionp. 125
Theories of Decision-Makingp. 126
Decision Criteriap. 131
The Public Interestp. 142
Styles of Decision-Makingp. 144
Presidential Decision-Makingp. 152
Case Study Policy Adoption: Consumer Bankruptcyp. 156
Case Study Policy Adoption: The Economic Stimulus Actp. 162
For Further Explorationp. 164
Test Your Knowledgep. 164
Suggested Readingsp. 164
Notesp. 165
Budgeting and Public Policyp. 169
The Budget and Public Policyp. 170
Fiscal Policyp. 175
The National Budgetary Processp. 176
Case Study The Struggle to Balance the Budgetp. 194
For Further Explorationp. 204
Test Your Knowledgep. 205
Suggested Readingsp. 205
Notesp. 206
Policy Implementationp. 209
Federalism and Implementationp. 211
Case Study The Elementary and Secondary Education Actp. 213
Who Implements Policy?p. 216
Administrative Organizationp. 222
Administrative Politicsp. 225
Administrative Policymakingp. 231
Case Study The Nuclear Waste Disposal Actp. 239
Case Study The Total Maximum Daily Load Programp. 240
Techniques of Controlp. 242
Case Study The Clean Air Act's Emissions-Trading Systemp. 253
Compliancep. 254
For Further Explorationp. 263
Test Your Knowledgep. 263
Suggested Readingsp. 264
Notesp. 264
Policy Impact, Evaluation, and Changep. 271
Policy Impactp. 271
Policy Evaluationp. 276
Policy Evaluation Processesp. 280
Case Study The GAO and Food Safetyp. 283
Problems in Policy Evaluationp. 287
Policy Evaluation: The Use and Misuse of Cost-Benefit Analysisp. 292
Case Study The Politics of Evaluation: Head Startp. 297
Policy Terminationp. 301
Case Study The Policy Cycle: Airline Regulation and Deregulationp. 304
For Further Explorationp. 313
Test Your Knowledgep. 313
Suggested Readingsp. 313
Notesp. 314
Concluding Commentsp. 320
Notesp. 330
Indexp. 332
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