Introduction to the Policy Process

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M.E. Sharpe, May 18, 2015 - Business & Economics - 339 pages
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Thoroughly revised, reorganized, updated, and expanded, this widely-used text sets the balance and fills the gap between theory and practice in public policy studies. In a clear, conversational style, the author conveys the best current thinking on the policy process with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis rather than novelty or abstraction. A newly added chapter surveys the social, economic, and demographic trends that are transforming the policy environment.
 

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Contents

1 Introducing the Policy Process
3
2 Elements of thePolicyMaking System
25
3 The Historical and Structural Contexts of Public Policy Making
58
4 Official Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy
92
5 Unofficial Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy
130
6 Agenda Setting Power and Interest Groups
168
7 Policies and Policy Types
202
8 Policy Design Policy Tools and Decisions
228
9 Policy Implementation Failure and Learning
263
10 Science and Theory in the Study of Public Policy
287
References
311
Index
325
About the Author
340
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Thomas A. Birkland is the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at North Carolina State University.

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