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Public Policy in the United States:

ISBN-10: 0765625296

ISBN-13: 9780765625298

Edition: 2013

Authors: Mark Rushefsky

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The fifth edition of this well-regarded text covers the period up through the 2012 elections. It has been revised to make it sleeker, more concise, and up-to-date with a clear organizational structure. This edition accomplishes these three important goals: First, it introduces readers to the American approach to public policy making as it has been shaped by our political institutions, changing circumstances, and ideology. Second, it surveys American public policy and policymaking in all the major policy areas from economic policy to health care policy to environmental policy, and does so clearly and even-handedly, with well-selected illustrations, case studies, terms, and study questions. Finally, in addition to providing analytical tools and empirical information, the book challenges readers to come to terms with the widely shared but often competing values that must be balanced and rebalanced in the ongoing policy making process, affecting issues of the highest concern to the American public.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: M E Sharpe Inc
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Process, Structure, and Ideology
The Policy Process
Characteristics of the American Political System
Attitudes and Ideological Issues
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Economic Policy: To Promote the General Welfare
Economic Policy Goals and Tools
Economic Policies and Strategies
Economic Policy Issues
Case Study: The Great Recession and Its Aftermath
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Foreign Policy: To Provide for the Common Defense
Foreign Policy Goals and Tools
Foreign Policies and Strategies
Issues of Foreign Policy
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Poverty and Welfare: The Poor Ye Always Have with You?
Antipoverty Policy Goals and Tools
Antipoverty Policies and Strategies
Case Study: The End of Welfare as We Know It
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Health Policy: The Problems of Cost and Access
Health Care Policy Goals and Tools
Health Care Policies and Strategies
Health Care Issues
Case Study: Health Care Reform Comes to the United States
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Environmental Policy: Challenges and Opportunities
Environmental Policy Goals and Tools
Environmental Policies and Strategies
Environmental Policy Issues
Case Study No. 1: Global Climate Warming
Case Study No. 2: The Search for Energy Independence
Conclusion:
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Criminal Justice: To Ensure Domestic Tranquility
The Crime Problem
Criminal Justice Policy Goals and Tools
Criminal Justice Policies and Strategies
Criminal Justice Issues
Case Study: Rethinking the War on Drugs
Conclusion: Solutions to the Crime Problem?
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Education: The Promise of America
Education Policy Goals and Tools
Education Policies and Strategies
Education Policy Issues
Case Study: No Child Left Behind
Conclusion: Challenges and Opportunities
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Equality: The Second American Revolution
Equality as a Goal
Equality as a Policy Issue
Case Study: Affirmative Action
Issues of Equality
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Reflections
Notes
References
Index
About the Author