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Understanding Public Policy

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Edition:
12th
ISBN13:

9780136131472

ISBN10:
0136131476
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/2008
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

For undergraduate-level courses in Public Policy. Understanding Public Policy is not only an introduction to the study of public policy, but also an introduction to the models that political scientists use to describe and explain political life. This leading introduction to public policy is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with concrete tools for not only understanding public policy in general, but for analyzingspecificpublic policies. It focuses onwhatpolicies governments pursue,whygovernments pursue the policies they do, and what theconsequencesof these policies are. Very contemporary in perspective, it introduces eight analytical models currently used by political scientists to describe and explain political life and then, using these various analytical models-singly and in combination-explores specific public policies in a variety of key domestic policy areas.

Table of Contents

Policy Analysis: What Governments Do, Why They Do It, and What Difference it Makes
Models of Politics: Some Help in Thinking about Public Policy
The Policymaking Process: Decision-Making Activities
Criminal Justice: Rationality and Irrationality in Public Policy
Health and Welfare: The Search for Rational Strategies
Education: The Group Struggle
Economic Policy: Incrementalism at Work
Tax Policy: Battling the Special Interests
International Trade and Immigration: Elite-Mass Conflict
Environmental Policy: Externalities and Interests
Civil Rights: Elite and Mass Interaction
American Federalism: Institutional Arrangements and Public Policy
Defense Policy: Strategies for Serious Games
Homeland Security: Terrorism and Non-Deterable Threats
Policy Evaluation: Finding Out What Happens after a Law Is Passed
Index
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