Public Policy: The Essential Readings

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Stella Z. Theodoulou, Matthew Alan Cahn
Prentice Hall, 1995 - Political Science - 402 pages
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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.

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About the author (1995)

Stella Z. Theodoulou is currently Interim Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University as well as a Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1984 and is the author or coauthor of several publications in the areas of public policy and political science. Amongst her texts are PUBLIC POLICY: THE ESSENTIAL READINGS; AIDS: THE POLITICS AND POLICY OF DISEASE and METHODS FOR POLITICAL INQUIRY. Her most recent book is POLICY AND POLITICS IN SIX NATIONS: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON POLICY MAKING (Prentice Hall, 2002).

Matthew A. Cahn is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge.

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