Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems

Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems


By (author) Michael Howlett, By (author) M. Ramesh, By (author) Anthony Perl

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 15mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0195428021
  • ISBN 13: 9780195428025
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: numerous figures
  • Sales rank: 31,780

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Studying Public Policy examines three dimensions of efforts to engage and resolve public problems: policy actors, institutions, and ideas. Using this focus, the book overviews past efforts to understand public policy-making, outlines the different stages of the policy-making process, and discusses the principal elements and patterns of policy dynamics. Developing an analytical framework of the subject, the text examines the theoretical and conceptual foundations of, and approaches used in, policy sciences giving students a solid basis for understanding public policy. This edition has been fully updated with new developments in the field and revised with clear language and an easy-to-understand structure, making it the most current, student-friendly resource available.

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Author information

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair and Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. M. Ramesh is an Associate Professor at the Lew Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Anthony Perl is a Professor and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; 1. Introduction: Why Study Public Policy? ; 2. Understanding Public Policy: Theoretical Approaches ; 3. The Policy Context ; 4. Agenda-Setting ; 5. Policy Formulation: Policy Instruments and Policy Design ; 6. Public Policy Decision-Making ; 7. Policy Implementation ; 8. Policy Evaluation: Policy-Making as Policy Learning ; 9. Patterns of Policy Change ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX