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Public Policy

ISBN-10: 0321117980

ISBN-13: 9780321117984

Edition: 2007

Authors: Christopher A. Simon

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This book weds the ldquo;normativerdquo; and the ldquo;empiricalrdquo; in its examination of public policy.nbsp; The first part of the text offers a philosophical context, enabling students to see how different conceptions of ldquo;the public goodrdquo; inform and shape public policy.nbsp; The second part draws on the realm of science and employs the policy process model as a basis for understanding how public policies actually come to fruition.nbsp; The first two parts act as a ldquo;compassrdquo; for the third, which presents substantive policy areas, such as defense, education, health, and criminal justice.
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Book details

List price: $102.80
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Alternate Contents
Models and Process Approach
Models and Policy Substance Approach
Discussion-Driven Non-Economic Approach
Preface
Introduction to Public Policy
Policy and Visions of Governance
Chapter Overview
A Working Definition of Public Policy
Classical Liberalism
The Philosophical Softening of Some Assumptions of Classical Liberalism
Modern Liberalism and Public Policy
The Nature of Liberalism in the United States
Communitarianism: Another Way of Viewing Society and Policy
Public Policy: Political Liberalism and Communitarianism, A Balancing Act?
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Theories of Public Policy: How Choices Are Made
Chapter Overview
The Importance of Science in Studying Public Policy
The Rational-Comprehensive Model
Incrementalism
Public Choice
Group Theory
Systems Theory
Institutionalism
Elite Theory
Game Theory
Neo-Institutionalism
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Values and Public Policy
Chapter Overview
Regime Values and Personal Values
Civic Engagement, Social Capital, and Values
Bases of Individual Values
Economics and Societal Value Changes
How Values Have and Continue to Change
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Policy Analysis
Chapter Overview
Economics
Rise of Policy Sciences
Growth of Public Policy
Central Questions for Public Policy Analysis
Tools for Policy Analysis
Outcomes of Public Policy Analysis
Ethics and Policy Analysis
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Policy Process
Agenda Setting
Chapter Overview
How Does Agenda Setting Work?
The President as Agenda Setter
Congress and the Policy Agenda
Congressional-Executive Relations and Agenda Setting
The Courts and the Policy Agenda
Pressure Groups and Agenda Setting
Bureaucracy and Agenda Setting
Media and Agenda Setting
Elections and the Policy Agenda
Cultural Change and Agenda Setting
Biases in Political Participation and Agenda Setting
Explaining Agenda Setting
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Policy Formulation
Chapter Overview
How Is Policy Formulated?
Major Actors in Policy Formulation
Demographic Changes and Policy Formulation
Explaining Policy Formulation
Group Theory and Policy Formulation
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Policy Implementation
Chapter Overview
A Theoretical Model of Policy Implementation
Issues Surrounding Implementation
Major Participants in Policy Implementation
Explaining Policy Implementation
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Policy Evaluation
Chapter Overview
Skills of a Good Policy Evaluator
General Purposes of Evaluation
Internal Versus External Evaluation
Steps in Policy Evaluation
Types of Data and Evaluation
Types of Evaluations
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnote
Bibliography
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (IGR)
Chapter Overview
Arguments in Favor of Federalism
Thinking About Federalism
Dual Federalism Model
Cooperative Federalism
Nation-Centered Federalism
Clintonian Federalism and Beyond
Intergovernmental Relations
Intergovernmental Collaborative Policy-Making
Fiscal Federalism
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Major Public Policies
Defense Policy
Chapter Overview
The Defense Policy Structure
Major Participants in Defense Policy
Defense Policy During the Cold War
Nuclear Arms Race
Nuclear Weapons Treaties
Policy Dissatisfaction Produces a Policy Shift
Post-Cold War Era
Post-Post Cold War Era and the War on Terrorism
Changing Target Populations in the Post-Post Cold War World
Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Homeland Security
Explaining Defense Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Public Health Policy
Chapter Overview
Major Actors in Public Health Policy
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Explaining Public Health Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
General Social Policy
Chapter Overview
Scope of Social Policy
Major Policy Actors
Major Social Policy Agencies and Their Functions
Explaining General Social Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Education Policy
Chapter Overview
Major Participants in Education Policy
The Common School Movement: The Foundation of Modern Public Schools
Post-World War II Education Policy
Education Policy Reform Proposals
Moving Toward the Twenty-First Century
Explaining Education Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Criminal Justice Policy
Chapter Overview
Major Participants
Types of Crime
Causes of Crime
Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Perspectives on Punishment
Incarceration Policy and Management
Hot Topic Crimes in the Twenty-First Century
Contemporary Policing Techniques and Issues
Explaining Criminal Justice Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Chapter Overview
The Commons
Key Actors in Environmental Policy
Ecoterrorism
Federal Environmental Regulations
Natural Resources in the United States
Resources We Take from Our Public Lands
Water Politics and Policy
Alternative Energy: Protecting the Environment and Reducing Harmful Extractions
Explaining Environmental Policy
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnotes
Bibliography
Cost of Policy
Chapter Overview
A Definition of Budgeting
Explaining the Size of the National Budget
Budget Cycle
Major Participants and Influences
Budget Theory
Politics of Entitlement
The Budget and Implications for Policy
Explaining Public Budgeting
Lessons Learned
Questions for Study
Endnote
Bibliography
Conclusion: Future of Public Policy
Chapter Overview
Commodification/Decommodification
Technology and the Future of Policy
Values and the Future of Policy
Conclusion
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index