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Public policy is the business end of political science. It is where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good. Political scientists approach public policy in myriad ways. Some approach the policy process descriptively, asking how the need for public intervention comes to be perceived, a policy response formulated, enacted, implemented, and, all too often, subverted, perverted, altered, or abandoned. Others approach public policy more prescriptively, offering politically-informed suggestions for how normatively valued goals can and should be pursued, either through particular policies or through alternative processes for making policy. Some offer their advice from the Olympian heights of detached academic observers, others as 'engaged scholars' cum advocates, while still others seek to instill more reflective attitudes among policy practitioners themselves toward their own practices. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy mines all these traditions, using an innovative structure that responds to the very latest scholarship. Its chapters touch upon institutional and historical sources and analytical methods, how policy is made, how it is evaluated and how it is constrained. In these ways, the Handbook shows how the combined wisdom of political science as a whole can be brought to bear on political attempts to improve the human condition.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Judging by this collection on public policy...the policy community is on to a winner academically...I cannot live without the book."--John Uhr, Australian Journal of Political Science

"Under the general editorship of Robert E. Goodin, a large group of intellectually attractive authors has charted the entire field of political science in an unbiased multi-paradigmatic way. Minerva's owl would make a nice logo for this monumental collective work of the Oxford Handbooks: what moves us forward is looking back at what we know."--Claus Offe, Professor of Political Science, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and Institute for Social Science, Humboldt University, Berlin

"Spanning all of the major substantive areas and approaches in modern political science, this blockbuster set is a must-have for scholars and students alike. Each volume is crafted by a distinguished set of editors who have assembled critical, comprehensive, essays to survey accumulated knowledge and emerging issues in the study of politics. These volumes will help to shape the discipline for many years to come."--Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

"A treasure-trove of useful information..Get this Handbook and its companion volumes...You will find it very thought-provoking!"--Energy Bar Association Update

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199269280
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1000
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Moran is W.J.M. Mackenzie Professor of Government at the University of Manchester.

Martin Rein is Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Social and Political Theory and Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction
1. The Public and its Policies, Robert E. Goodin, Michael Moran, and Martin Rein
Part II. Institutional and Historical Background
2. The Historical Roots of the Field, Peter deLeon
3. Emergence of Schools of Public Policy, Graham Allison
4. Training for Policy-Makers, Yehezkel Dror
Part III. Modes of Policy Analysis
5. Policy Analysis as Puzzle-solving, Christopher Winship
6. Policy Analysis as Critical Listening, John Forestor
7. Policy Analysis as Policy Advice, Richard Wilson
8. Policy Analysis for Democracy, Helen Ingram and Anne L. Schneider
9. Policy Analysis as Social Critique, John Dryzek
Part IV. Producing Public Policy
10. The Origins of Policy, Edward C. Page
11. Agenda Setting, Giandomenico Majone
12. Policy Frame and Discourse, Maarten Hajer and David Laws
13. Arguing, Bargaining, and Getting Agreement, Lawrence Susskind
14. Policy Impact, Bea Cantillon and Karel van den Bosch
15. The Politics of Policy Evaluation, Mark Bovens, Paul 'tHart and Sanneke Kuipers
16. Policy Dynamics, Eugene Bardach
17. Learning in Public Policy, Richard Freeman
18. Reframing Problematic Policies, Martin Rein
Part V. Instruments of Policy
19. Policy in Practice, David Laws and Maarten Hajer
20. Policy Networks, R.A.W. Rhodes
21. Smart Policy?, Tom Christiansen
22. The Tools of Government in the Information Age, Christopher Hood
23. Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis, Barry L. Friedman
24. Public-Private Collaboration, John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser
Part VI. Constraints on Public Policy
25. Economic Constraints on Public Policy, John Quiggin
26. Political Feasibility: Interests and Power, William A. Galston
27. Institutional Constraints on Policy, Ellen M. Immergut
28. Social & Cultural Factors, Davis B. Bobrow
29. Globalization and Public Policy, Colin Hay
Part VII. Policy Intervention: Styles and Rationales
30. Distributive and Redistributive Policy, Tom Sefton
31. Market and Non-Market Failures, Mark Kleiman and Steven N. Teles
32. Privatization and Regulatory Regimes, Colin Scott
33. Democratizing the Policy Process, Archon Fung
Part VIII. Commending and Evaluating Public Policies
34. The Logic of Appropriateness, James G. March and Johan P. Olsen
35. Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy, Henry Shue
36. Economic Techniques, Kevin B. Smith
37. Economism and its Limits, Jonathan Wolff and Dirk Haubrich
38. Policy Modeling, Neta C. Crawford
39. Social Experimentation for Public Policy, Carol Hirschon Weiss and Johanna Birckmayer
IX. Public Policy, Old and New
40. The Unique Methodology of Policy Research, Amitai Etzioni
41. Choosing Governance Systems: A Plea for Comparative Research, Oran R. Young
42. The Politics of Retrenchment: the U.S. Case, Frances Fox Piven
43. Reflections on how political scientists (and others) might think about energy and policy, Matthew Holden, Jr.
44. Reflections on Policy Analysis: Putting it Together Again, Rudolf Klein and Theodore R. Marmor

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