American Public Policy: An Introduction / Edition 9

American Public Policy: An Introduction / Edition 9

by Clarke E. Cochran, Lawrence C. Mayer, N. Joseph Cayer, T. R. Carr
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0495501891

ISBN-13: 9780495501893

Pub. Date: 03/25/2008

Publisher: Cengage Learning

AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY engages students' interest with its unique emphasis on specific, substantive issues of public policy. Perfect for one- or two-semester introductory courses, the text combines history and description of public policy with debate over alternatives in each chapter, presenting the material clearly and succinctly and encouraging rigorous analysis of

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AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY engages students' interest with its unique emphasis on specific, substantive issues of public policy. Perfect for one- or two-semester introductory courses, the text combines history and description of public policy with debate over alternatives in each chapter, presenting the material clearly and succinctly and encouraging rigorous analysis of existing policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780495501893
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. ISSUES AND PUBLIC POLICY: AN INTRODUCTION. Studying Public Policy. Defining Major Concepts. The Contexts of Contemporary Public Policy. Approaches Taken by This Book. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 2. INTERGOVERNMENTAL POLICIES: A NEW FEDERALISM? Issue Background: The Federal System. Contemporary Policy: Intergovernmental Realities. Policy Evaluation: Changing Intergovernmental Relations. Future Alternatives: Continuing Adaptation of the Intergovernmental System. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 3. THE ECONOMY: CHANGING GOVERNMENT-BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS. Issue Background: Key Concepts in Economics. Contemporary Policy: Case Studies in Economic Interventions. Policy Evaluation: Encouraging Competition or Discouraging Innovation? Future Alternatives: Reforming the Relationship of Government and the Economy. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 4. ECONOMIC ISSUES: TAXING, SPENDING, AND BUDGETING. Issue Background: Concepts and Issues. Contemporary Policy: Approaches to Managing the Economy.. Policy Evaluation: Success or Failure? Future Alternatives: Spending, Taxes, and the Deficit. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 5. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES: POLICY COMPLACENCY. Energy Policy Issue Background: Complacency and Crisis. Contemporary Policy: From Crisis to Complacency. Policy Evaluation: Continued Fossil Fuel Dependence. Future Alternatives: Energy Policy Complacency. Environmental Policy. Issue Background: A Legacy of Environmental Abuse. Contemporary Environmental Policy. Policy Evaluation: Searching for Direction. Future Alternatives: Unresolved Policy Issues. Summary.Notes. Suggested Reading. 6. CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: DILEMMAS OF SOCIAL CONTROL. Issue Background: The Growth of Crime. Contemporary Policy: Constitutional Rights and the Deterrence of Crime. Policy Evaluation: Flaws in the Criminal Justice System. Future Alternatives: Policy Options for Reducing Crime. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 7. INCOME SUPPORT: SECURITY, WORK, OR DEPENDENCE? Issue Background: Disagreeing on the Meaning of Poverty. Contemporary Policy: The National Income Support System. Policy Evaluation: Critical Ideological Viewpoints. Future Alternatives: Fundamental Change? Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 8. HEALTH CARE: UNLIMITED NEEDS, LIMITED RESOURCES. Issue Background: The Health Care System and Its Problems. Contemporary Policy: Health Care for the Poor and the Aged. Policy Evaluation: Health Care at the Crossroads. Future Alternatives: Health Care Reform; Ethics; Long-Term Care. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 9. EDUCATION: CONFLICT IN POLICY DIRECTION. Issue Background: Historical Perspectives and the Onset of Federal Involvement in Education. Contemporary Policy: Remedying Social Inequality through Education. Policy Evaluation: Educational Quality in the United States. Future Alternatives: Community Control, Private Schools, a Changing Federal Role, and Conflicting Priorities. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 10. LEGAL AND SOCIAL EQUALITY: THE STRUGGLE AGAINST OPPRESSION AND BIGOTRY. Issue Background: The Idea of Equality. Contemporary Policy: Strengthening Constitutional Guarantees of Equality. Policy Evaluation: The Drive for Proportional Equality. Future Alternatives: The Changing Conception of Equality. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 11. IMMIGRATION POLICY: THE BARELY OPEN DOOR. Issue Background: From an Open Door to Increasing Limits. Contemporary Policy: Responding to Changing Immigration Dynamics. Policy Evaluation: Contrasting Perceptions. Future Alternatives: Openness or Restriction? Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 12. PRIVATE MORALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY: FAMILY VALUES, SOCIAL ISSUES, AND THE OPEN SOCIETY. The Idea of the Open Society. Abortion, Birth Control, and the Law. The First Amendment and Public Morality: Suppressing Obscenity. Conflict over the Role of Religion in the United States. Family Values and Feminism. Summary. Notes. Suggested Reading. 13. THE CONTINUING POLICY DEBATES: A CONCLUSION. Political Actors. The Larger Issues. Pluralism. The Limits of Public Policy. "Problem" and "Solution". Index.

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