Public Policy

Public Policy : The Essential Readings

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This collection of 46 key classic and contemporary readings explores the environment within which public policy is made and the actual policy-making process. KEY TOPICS: This book includes readings that are among the most frequently cited or that highlight the link between theory and practice particularly well. It groups readings into four major sections which parallel both the majority of policy texts and the way many courses are designed: the nature of public policy -- including theories and models of public policy making, the making of policy -- the sequential stages that policies pass through, the players -- both institutional and non-institutional, policy making as a game -- the rules, strategies, and culture of the policy game. Each section begins with an overview essay.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130592552
  • 9780130592552

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I. THE NATURE OF PUBLIC POLICY--WHAT IS PUBLIC POLICY, WHO MAKES IT, AND WHY STUDY IT? 1. The Contemporary Language of Public Policy: A Starting Point, Stella Z. Theodoulou. 2. Political Science and Public Policy, Paul A. Sabatier. 3. Distribution, Regulation, Redistribution: The Functions of Government, Theodore J.Lowi. 4. Symbols and Political Quiescence, Murray Edelman. 5. The Analysis of Public Policy: A Search for Theories and Roles, Robert H. Salisbury. 6. With the Consent of All, Robert A. Dahl. 7. Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment, Hugh Heclo. 8. Imperfect Competition, Ralph Miliband. 9. Group Politics and Representative Democracy, David B. Truman. 10. The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills. II. MAKING PUBLIC POLICY--THE PROCESS, STRUCTURE, AND CONTEXT OF POLICY MAKING. 11. How Public Policy Is Made, Stella Z. Theodoulou. 12. Issues and Agendas, Roger W. Cobb and Charles D. Elder. 13. Agenda Setting, John W. Kingdon. 14. The Science of "Muddling Through," Charles E. Lindblom. 15. Nonincremental Policy Making, Paul R. Schulman. 16. The Implementation Game, Eugene Bardach. 17. Implementation as Evolution, Giandomenico Majone and Aaron Wildavsky. 18. A Conceptual Framework of the Implementation Process, Paul A. Sabatier and Daniel Mazmanian. 19. The Role of Evaluation in Public Policy, David Nachimias. 20. Trends in Policy Analysis, Stuart Nagel. 21. The Politics of Public Budgets, Irene S. Rubin. III. THE PLAYERS--INSTITUTIONAL AND NON INSTITUTIONAL ACTORS. 22. The Players: Institutional and Non Institutional Actors in the Policy Process, Matthew A. Cahn. 23. The Rise of the Washington Establishment, Morris Fiorina. 24. Congress: The Electoral Connection, David Mayhew. 25. The Presidential Policy Stream, Paul Light. 26. The Two Presidencies, Aaron Wildavsky. 27. The Rise of the Bureaucratic State, James Q. Wilson. 28. Bureaucracy, Max Weber. 29. Regulation: Politics, Bureaucracy, and Economics, Kenneth J. Meier. 30. Appellate Courts as Policy Makers, Lawrence Baum. 31. Towards an Imperial Judiciary, Nathan Glazer. 32. News That Matters, Shanto Iyengar and Donald Kinder. 33. Processing the News: How People Tame the Information Tide, Doris Graber. 34. Parties, the Government, and the Policy Process, Samuel J. Eldersveld. 35. The Advocacy Explosion, Jeffrey M. Berry. 36. The Consultant Corps, Larry Sabato. IV. THE POLICY GAME--RULES, STRATEGIES, CULTURE, AND RESOURCES. 37. Playing the Policy Game, Matthew A. Cahn. 38. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, Charles Beard. 39. The Federalist Papers: #1, #10, #15, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. 40. Political Repression in the United States, Michael Rogin. 41. Democracy and Capitalism, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis. 42. Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman. 43. Presidential Power, Richard Neustadt. 44. Constructing the Political Spectacle, Murray Edelman. 45. A Preface to Economic Democracy, Robert Dahl. 46. Who Rules America Now?, G. William Domhoff.show more

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