Public Policymaking An Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2005-07-22
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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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 to illustrate how general ideas are applied to specific policy issues. The Sixth Edition has been restructured to make the text more accessible; updated examples and expanded discussion of recent policy decisions and events, including Election 2004, have also been added. New! "The Plan of this Book" has been moved to the beginning of Chapter 1 to more clearly delineate the approach and goals of the text to the student reader. New! Recent policy enactments are dissected for discussion. Topics include the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the 2002 National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, 1996 Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act, and the PATRIOT Act. New! Updated examples--including coverage of Election 2004--help students make sense of difficult topics. New! Chapter 7 has been reorganized to present material more intuitively, focusing first on impact, then evaluation including methods, processes (who evaluates policy) and problems relating to the evaluation of policy, then change. A process-oriented approach helps the student understand public policy by viewing it as a sequence of functional activities--beginning with identification and concluding with evaluation, revision, or termination of a policy. This approach is generally preferred by instructors over the policy-oriented approach.

Table of Contents

The Study of Public Policy
The Plan of This Book
What Is Public Policy?
Categories of Public Policies
Approaches to Policy Study
Methodological Difficulties in Studying Public Policy
The Policy-Makers and Their Environment
The Policy Environment
The Official Policy-Makers Nongovernmental Participants Levels of Politics Case Study: The Endangered Snail Darter
Policy Formation: Problems, Agendas, and Formulation Policy Problems
The Policy Agenda
The Agenda-Setting Process Nondecisions
The Loss of Agenda Status
Two Cases in Agenda Setting
Case Study: Coal-Mine
Safety Case Study: Environmental Pollution Control
The Formulation of Policy Proposals
Policy Formulation as a Technical Process Case Study: Formulating Policy: The Family and Medical Leave Act A Concluding Comment
Policy Adoption Theories of Decision-Making Decision Criteria
The Public Interest Styles of Decision-Making
Presidential Decision-Making Case Study: Policy Adoption: Consumer Bankruptcy
Budgeting and Public Policy
The Budget and Public Policy
The National Budgetary Process Case Study: The Struggle to Balance the Budget
Policy Implementation Federalism and Implementation Who Implements Policy?
Administrative Organization
Administrative Politics
Administrative Policymaking Case Study: National Park Service
Fire Policy Case Study: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Techniques of Control Case Study: The Clean Air Act's Emissions-Trading System Compliance
Policy Impact, Evaluation, and Change Policy
Impact Policy Evaluation
Policy Evaluation Processes Case Study: The GAO and Food Safety Problems in Policy Evaluation
Policy Evaluation: The Use and Misuse of Cost-Benefit Analysis Case Study: The Politics of Evaluation: Head Start Policy Termination Case Study: The Policy Cycle: Airline Regulation and Deregulation
Concluding Comments
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