Living the Policy Process

Living the Policy Process

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Policymaking in large bureaucracies is hardly a simple process. Even the most respected policymakers have to contend with obstacles that seemingly have little to do with the issue at hand - office politics, work structure, and shifting political environments. Yet learning to manage such complex environments is necessary for good policymaking. In Living the Policy Process, Philip Heymann outlines the complex thought processes of policymakers as they struggle to influence both foreign and domestic policy decisions from within the United States government bureaucracy. Focusing on three critical situations to illuminate the politics of policy choice-the successful attempt to sell missiles to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s; the Iran-Contra scandal; and the FDA's attempt to regulate smoking as well as the efforts to do the same by an outside lobbyist-Heymann dissects the intuitive yet rigorous framework that highly skilled policymakers follow to influence government outcomes. Throughout, he offers detailed accounts of the policy process at work in the Reagan, first Bush, and Clinton administrations, from the cabinet level down to the middle tiers of the federal bureaucracy. Heymann deftly describes the shifting real-world conditions that government officials face as they struggle to shape the policy agenda. Ultimately, Living the Policy Process offers a clear, incisive look at the complex considerations involved from all perspectives, with concrete examples, and enriches the understanding of the overall policy process for students, scholars, and more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 line illustrations
  • 0195335392
  • 9780195335392
  • 2,039,115

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From the inside out, what informed citizens need to know about policymaking * from someone who has done it and taught it well. * Heymann has made a major contribution to the policy and management literature with this new book. Using detailed, vivid case studies of domestic, military, and foreign policy making, the book fills a large gap in the understanding of how policy actually gets made. * Theodore R. Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management & Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Yale University * Living the Policy Process is an indispensable guide for anyone hoping to be effective in serving in elective, appointive, or career office in the public service. Its wide-ranging cases, analyzed by a brilliant scholar with deep experience in government, provides readers with a richer-than-ever grasp of the complex realities of real-world policymaking. * Joel L. Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University * Anyone wanting to understand how public policies are made and how 'policy entrepreneurs' and special interests affect that process should read this superb book. * Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley *show more

About Philip B. Heymann

Philip B. Heymann is James Barr Ames Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. From his first job as clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Harlan to his post as Deputy U.S. Attorney General (1993 to 1994), Heymann has spent much of his career in government. A former Fulbright Scholar in France, with degrees from Yale University and Harvard Law School, he has been Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the criminal division (1978 to 1981), Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Justice Department, Acting Administrator of the State Department's Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Organizations, and Executive Assistant to the Undersecretary of State. In addition, he was a former Associate Prosecutor and Consultant to the Watergate Special more

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