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"Schneider and Ingram have resynthesized the policy literature around one central question: how do various elements of policy design and policy making help or hinder democracy? And in their new bottles, the old wine really does taste better."—Deborah A. Stone, author of The Disabled State and Policy Paradox and Political Reason
"This superb review, critique, and synthesis of policy theory will enable everyone concerned with public policy, whether as practitioner, teacher, or student, not only to understand the process better and be more effective, but to think clearly about the values on which policy should be built."—John Mollenkopf, author of A Phoenix in the Ashes
"It is time for intelligent optimism in political science, and Schneider and Ingram serve us well. Their formulation of 'policy design' wonderfully reminds us that policy has content and not mere form. They offer a framework that seeks to overcome degenerative policymaking, of which there is surely enough, and to achieve constructive results through democratic means. It is Lasswellian in spirit, but also reminds one of Norton Long."—Matthew Holden, Jr., author of Continuity and Disruption
Author Biography: Anne Larason Schneider is dean of the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University.
Helen Ingram holds the Warmington Endowed Chair in the School of Social Ecology and is a profesor in the Department of Society and Politics, University of California, Irvine.
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|1||Policy Design and Democracy||1|
|2||A Pluralist View of Public Policy||13|
|3||Alternatives to Pluralism||29|
|4||Foundations, Elements, and Consequences of Design||66|
|5||Social Constructions of Target Populations: Degenerative Policy Designs||102|
|6||Social Constructions of Knowledge: Scientific and Professional Policy Designs||150|