Public Policymaking in a Democratic Society A Guide to Civic Engagement

ISBN-10: 0765622416
ISBN-13: 9780765622419
Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)
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List price: $52.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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Larry N. Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, interacts with the political process as both an author and an observer. As an author, he has written eleven academic books in addition to CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, including MAKING PUBLIC POLICY: FROM CONFLICT TO RESOLUTION (1983), POLITICS IN THE GOLDEN STATE (with Terry Christensen, 1984), THE DEREGULATED SOCIETY (with Cynthia Fraleigh and Robert Schwab, 1988), AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: POLITICS, PROCESS AND POLICIES (1993), PUBLIC POLICY: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES (1987), PUBLIC POLICYMAKING IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY: A GUIDE TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (2002), RECALL! CALIFORNIA'S POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE (with Terry Christensen, 2004), AMERICAN FEDERALISM: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION (2007), CONFRONTING REALITY: TEN ISSUES THREATENING TO IMPLODE AMERICAN SOCIETY AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT (2009), NOT SO GOLDEN AFTER ALL: THE RISE AND FALL OF CALIFORNIA (2012), and REVIVING CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT: POLICIES TO RENEW NATIONAL COMMUNITY (2015). Gerston serves as the political analyst for NBC11, a San Francisco Bay Area television station, where he appears on a regular basis. He has written more than a 125 op-ed pieces for newspapers throughout the nation and speaks often on issues such as civic engagement and political empowerment.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Public Policymaking Process and How It Relates to Our Lives
The Public Policymaking Framework
What Public Policy Is-And Is Not
Constitutionalism: The Architecture of Public Policymaking
Where Public Policies Are Made-Vertical Relationships
Does Citizenship Matter?
What Does Citizenship Mean?
Practicing Citizenship Through Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy
Case Study: Immigration Reform
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Identifying Public Policy Issues
Triggering Mechanisms-Indicators for Determining Issues
Deciding What Is Important-How and Why
Doing Research
Considering What to Do
Case Study: Community Development Project
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Developing a Public Policy Proposal: Inventing the Better Lightbulb
Connecting Issues with Public Policymakers
Clarifying Objectives
Inventing the Better Lightbulb
Doing a Reality Check
To Influence or Not to Influence-That Is the Question
Journal Writing
Case Study: Campus Security
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Taking Action in the Political World: How to Advocate a Public Policy
Surveying the Policymaking Landscape
Preparing a Plan of Action-Carefully, and One Step at a Time
Making the Most of Your Opportunity
Public Policymaking as Complex Activities
Case Study: Campaigning for a Watershed Tax District
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Implementation: Carrying Out Decisions and Making Them Stick
The Art of Implementation
Bureaucracies-Implementation Agents
Keeping Your Hand in the Implementation Mix
Case Study: Implementing a New Policy on Racial Profiling
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Evaluation: Does the Policy Make Sense?
Who Evaluates, and Why?
Evaluation: Not as Easy as It Looks
Comparing Outcomes with Intentions
One Form of Evaluation Every Policymaker Wishes to Avoid
Some Final Tips
Conclusions
Case Study: Charter Schools
Reflection
Student Projects
Discussion Questions
Notes
Participation, Politics, and Policymaking: Putting It Together
Some of What You May Have Learned
The Most Important Evaluation of All
Some Final Thoughts (from the Soapbox)
Notes
Glossary
Recommended Government Documents
Recommended Readings
Recommended Web Sites as Research Source Materials
Index
About the Author

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