Art of Policymaking Tools, Techniques, and Processes in the Modern Executive Branch

ISBN-10: 032108103X

ISBN-13: 9780321081032

Edition: 2003

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With case studies and practice scenarios, this real-world book explains and analyzes the tools, techniques, and processes used to formulate and adopt policy decisions in the modern Executive branch. Written to give students of political science and public policy a practical, first-hand understanding of how to apply the knowledge of institutional structure and theories of decision-making they've learned in class, Shambaugh and Weinstein explain the tools used to navigate the policymaking process in the Executive branch. With the aim of developing students into effective policymakers, the authors argue that understanding the specific tools and techniques used in policymaking is criticalthe likelihood that policymakers will support the formulation, adoption, and implementation of a particular policy is often as much a function of the legitimacy of the process through which it was created as the merits of the policy itself. They argue that procedural legitimacy is, in turn, a function of both the tools and techniques used in developing policy and managing the policymaking process. An abundance of case studies, examples of actual documents, and practice scenarios give this book an eminently real-world orientation and encourages students to apply what they've learned.
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Book details

List price: $69.20
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

About the Authors
Introduction--Why the Policymaking Process Matters
Overview of This Book
Situating the Tools, Techniques, and Processes in the Existing Literature
The Importance of Procedural Legitimacy in Building Policy Support
Presidential Management and Procedural Legitimacy
Key Terms
Review Questions
The Policy Makers
The Policy Councils
The Policy Councils and the Structure of the Executive Branch
How the Policy Councils Operate and Why They Are Important
Inside the White House Policy Councils
The National Security Council
The National Economic Council
The Domestic Policy Council
The George W. Bush Administration and the NEC and DPC
Key Agencies within the Executive Office of the President
The Council on Environmental Quality
The Council of Economic Advisers
The Office of National Drug Control Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy
Key Terms
Review Questions
The White House Staff
Working on the White House Staff
Other Key Players in the White House Office
Chief of Staff
The Office of Legislative Affairs
The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
The Office of Political Affairs
The Office of Cabinet Affairs
Interaction with the Public
The Office of Public Liaison
The Office of Communications, the Speechwriting Office, and the Press Office
The White House "Gatekeepers"
The Office of Scheduling and Oval Office Operations
The Staff Secretary
The White House Counsel
Key Terms
Review Questions
Agencies and Policy Implementation
Executive Agencies and Departments and Executive Branch Policy Making
The Role of Agencies
Implementing Policy Decisions
Executive Orders and Other Executive Actions
Submitting Legislation
Regulations and the Rule-making Process
Key Terms
Review Questions
Tools of the Trade
Policy-making Memoranda
The Tools of Policy Making
The Role of Memoranda
The Decision-making Memorandum
The Action-forcing Event
Background Information and Analysis
Policy Options
The Information Memoranda
Summary Section
Discussion Section
The Weekly Report
Key Terms
Review Questions
Polling and the Policy-making Process
Polling and Policy Making: Myths and Realities
Polling Basics
The Questions
The Respondents
The Results
Who Polls for the White House
The Role of the Office of Political Affairs
When to Poll Policy Ideas
Key Terms
Review Questions
Legislative Clearance and Coordination: SAPs, LRMs, and Other Policy Acronyms
Legislative Clearance and Coordination
Legislative Responsibility in the Executive Branch
The Clearance Process
Legislative Proposals
Clearance of Agency Testimony and Reports on Pending Legislation
Statement of Administration Policy
Enrolled Bills
Key Terms
Review Questions
Communicating and Marketing Policy
The Importance of Communicating and Marketing Policy
Press Office
Key Terms
Review Questions
Case Studies
Welfare Reform during the Clinton Administration
Welfare Reform and the Political Process
The Early Phase: Decentralization, Debate, and Deadlock
Strain Towards Agreement
Action, Response, and Resolution
The Centralization of Authority
Redirecting the Tools and Mobilizing Support
Conclusion: Making the Process Work
Key Terms
Review Questions
The Clinton Economic Plan
The Economic Plan and the Political Process
The Economic Plan and the NEC
Establishing the Management Role of the NEC
The NEC Process
Communicating and Marketing the Economic Plan
Securing Passage of the Bill
Conclusions and Lessons Learned
Key Terms
Review Questions
Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Security Crises and the Political Process
Responding to the Crisis
The Initial Response
The Delicate but Vital Matter of Inclusion
Containment and the Decision to Double U.S. Ground Forces
Key Terms
Review Questions
Practice Scenarios
Practice Scenarios
Taiwan Straits Crisis
U.S. Economic Recession
Campaign Finance Reform
United States-European Environmental Negotiations
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