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Public Policy Theory Primer

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ISBN-10: 081334381X

ISBN-13: 9780813343815

Edition: 2009

Authors: Kevin B. Smith, Christopher Larimer

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Public policy has developed into a broad and interdisciplinary area. Research in the field tends to reflect this wide-ranging nature, with scholarly activity focusing on policy process, policy design, program evaluation, specific policy issues, and research classified simply as "policy studies." For those interested in public policy, this disjointedness can be confusing and cumbersome.This book provides a reasoned and structured framework for the field of public policy. Authors Kevin B. Smith and Christopher W. Larimer not only discuss several major theories but also offer a consistent and coherent framework for uniting the field. This organized and comprehensive approach addresses core…    
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Kevin B. Smith is professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been studying and teaching state politics and policy for more than twenty years. He has authored or co-authored nine books and dozens of scholarly articles, and is a former associate editor of State Politics & Policy Quarterly. Prior to becoming an academic he covered state and local politics as a newspaper reporter.nbsp;

Preface
Public Policy as a Concept and a Field (or Fields) of Study
Does Politics Cause Policy? Does Policy Cause Politics?
Who Makes Decisions? How Do They Make Decisions? Actors and Institutions
Where Does Policy Come From? The Policy Process
What Should We Do? The Field of Policy Analysis
What Have We Done? Impact Analysis and Program Evaluation
How Does It Work? Policy Implementation
Whose Values? Policy Design
New Directions in Policy Research
Do the Policy Sciences Exist?
References
Index