The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Oxford Handbooks Online, 2006 - Political Science - 983 pages
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The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole isunder the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguished international group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series will be an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines. Public policy is the business end of political science. It is where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good. Political scientists approach public policy in myriad ways. Some approach the policy process descriptively, asking how the need for public intervention comes to be perceived, a policy response formulated, enacted, implemented, and, all too often, subverted, perverted, altered, or abandoned. Others approach public policy more prescriptively, offering politically-informed suggestions for how normatively valued goals can and should be pursued, either through particular policies or through alternative processesfor making policy. Some offer their advice from the Olympian heights of detached academic observers, others as 'engaged scholars' cum advocates, while still others seek to instil more reflective attitudes among policy practitioners themselves toward their own practices. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy mines all these traditions, using an innovative structure that responds to the very latest scholarship. Its chapters touch upon institutional and historical sources and analytical methods,how policy is made, how it is evaluated and how it is constrained. In these ways, the Handbook shows how the combined wisdom of political science as a whole can be brought to bear on political attempts to improve the human condition.
  

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Contents

The Public and its Policies
3
INSTITUTIONAL AND HISTORICAL
37
Training for Policy Makers
80
Policy Analysis as Puzzle Solving
109
Policy Analysis as Critical Listening
124
Policy Analysis as Policy Advice
152
Policy Analysis for Democracy
169
Policy Analysis as Critique
190
PublicPrivate Collaboration
496
Economic Constraints on Public Policy
529
Interests and Power
543
Institutional Constraints on Policy
557
Constraining and Enabling
572
Globalization and Public Policy
587
STYLES
605
Market and NonMarket Failures
624

The Origins of Policy
207
Agenda Setting
228
Ordering through Discourse
251
Arguing Bargaining and Getting Agreement
269
Policy Impact
296
The Politics of Policy Evaluation
319
Policy Dynamics
336
Learning in Public Policy
367
Refra1ning Problematic Policies
389
Policy in Practice
409
Policy Network Analysis
425
Smart Policy?
448
The Tools of Government in the Information Age
469
Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis
482
Privatization and Regulatory Regimes
651
Democratizing the Policy Process
669
COMMENDING AND EVALUATING
687
Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy
709
Economic Techniques
729
Economism and its Limits
746
Social Experimentation for Public Policy
806
The Unique Methodology of Policy Research
833
A Plea for Comparative
844
The US Case
858
Reflections on How Political Scientists and Others
874
Putting it Together Again
892
Index
913
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About the author (2006)


Michael Moran is W.J.M. Mackenzie Professor of Government at the University of Manchester.

Martin Rein is Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Social and Political Theory and Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University.

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