Public policy: politics, analysis, and alternatives

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CQ Press, 2007 - Political Science - 459 pages
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Public Policy starts with the basics and concisely describes government institutions, identifies primary policy actors, and reviews major theoretical models. The authors then discuss the nature of policy analysis and its practice, and show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. At its core, Public Policy guides students through policy alternatives, arming them with the analytic tools to understand how the interests and motivations of policy actorsboth within and outside of governmentimpact a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.

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MICHAEL E. KRAFT is professor of political science and public affairs and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of WisconsinGreen Bay. He is the author of, among other works, Environmental Policy and Politics, 4th ed. (2006), and the coeditor of Environmental Policy: New Directions for the 21st Century, 6th ed. (2006) and Technology and Politics (1988), with Norman J. Vig; Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste (1993), with Riley E. Dunlap and Eugene A. Rosa; and Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (1999), with Daniel A. Mazmanian. He has taught courses in environmental policy and politics, Congress, and public policy analysis for over thirty years.

SCOTT R. FURLONG is professor of political science and public affairs at the University of WisconsinGreen Bay. His areas of expertise are regulatory policy and interest group participation in the executive branch. Furlong has published articles in a number of journals including Public Administration Review, The Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, Administrative Studies Quarterly and Policy Studies Journal. He has been teaching the public policy course for over twelve years.