Public Policy in the United States

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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 organisational 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, ...

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Overview

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 organisational 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765625298
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 362,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Process, Structure, and Ideology 1
2 Economic Policy: To Promote the General Welfare 34
3 Foreign and Defense Policy: To Provide for the Common Defense 87
4 Poverty and Welfare: The Poor Ye Always Have with You? 125
5 Health Policy: The Problems of Cost and Access 155
6 Environmental Policy: Challenges and Opportunities 188
7 Criminal Justice: To Ensure Domestic Tranquillity 228
8 Education: The Promise of America 259
9 Equality: The Second American Revolution 300
10 Toward the Twenty-First Century 329
References 341
Index 393
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