Public Policy : The Essential Readings / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 11/01/2014
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 33%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 98%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $1.99   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   


This collection of 46 key classic and contemporary readings explores the environment within which public policy is made and the actual policy-making process. KEY TOPICS: This book includes readings that are among the most frequently cited or that highlight the link between theory and practice particularly well. It groups readings into four major sections which parallel both the majority of policy texts and the way many courses are designed: the nature of public policy — including theories and models of public policy making, the making of policy — the sequential stages that policies pass through, the players — both institutional and non-institutional, policy making as a game — the rules, strategies, and culture of the policy game. Each section begins with an overview essay.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130592552
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/12/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 567,807
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi


The Nature of Public Policy 1

What is public policy, who makes it, and why study it?

1. The Contemporary Language of Public Policy: A Starting Point,

Stella Z. Theodoulou 1

2. Political Science and Public Policy, Paul A. Sabatier 10

3. Distribution, Regulation, Redistribution: The Functions of

Government, Theodore J. Lowi 15

4. Symbols and Political Quiescence, Murray Edelman 26

5. The Analysis of Public Policy: A Search for Theories and Roles,

Robert H. Salisbury 34

6. With the Consent of All, Robert A. Dahl 38

7. Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment,

Hugh Heclo 46

8. Imperfect Competition, Ralph Miliband 58

9. Group Politics and Representative Democracy, David B. Truman 66

10. The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills 72



Making Public Policy 86

The process, structure, and context of policy making

11. How Public Policy Is Made, Stella Z. Theodoulou 86

12. Issues and Agendas, Roger W. Cobb and Charles D. Elder 96

13. Agenda Setting, John W. Kingdon 105

14. The Science of ‘‘Muddling Through,’’ Charles E. Lindblom 113

15. Nonincremental Policy Making, Paul R. Schulman 128

16. The Implementation Game, Eugene Bardach 137

17. Implementation as Evolution, Giandomenico Majone and

Aaron Wildavsky 140

18. A Conceptual Framework of the Implementation Process,

Paul A. Sabatier and Daniel A. Mazmanian 153

19. The Role of Evaluation in Public Policy, David Nachmias 173

20. Trends in Policy Analysis, Stuart Nagel 181

21. The Politics of Public Budgets, Irene S. Rubin 185


The Players 201

Institutional and noninstitutional actors

22. The Players: Institutional and Noninstitutional Actors in

the Policy Process, Matthew A. Cahn 201

23. Congress: Keystone of the Washington Establishment,

Morris Fiorina 212

24. Congress: The Electoral Connection, David Mayhew 220

25. The Presidential Policy Stream, Paul Light 224

26. The Two Presidencies, Aaron Wildavsky 237

27. The Rise of the Bureaucratic State, James Q. Wilson 251

28. Bureaucracy, Max Weber 259

29. Regulation: Politics, Bureaucracy, and Economics,

Kenneth J. Meier 265

30. Appellate Courts as Policy Makers, Lawrence Baum 277

31. Towards an Imperial Judiciary?, Nathan Glazer 288


32. News That Matters, Shanto Iyengar and Donald Kinder 295

33. Processing the News: How People Tame the Information Tide,

Doris Graber 305

34. Parties, the Government, and the Policy Process,

Samuel J. Eldersveld 312

35. The Advocacy Explosion, Jeffrey M. Berry 317

36. The Consultant Corps, Larry J. Sabato 324


The Policy Game 333

Rules, strategies, culture, and resources

37. Playing the Policy Game, Matthew A. Cahn 333

38. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, Charles Beard 342

39. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison,

and John Jay 350

40. Political Repression in the United States, Michael Rogin 358

41. Democracy and Capitalism, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis 368

42. Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman 372

43. Presidential Power, Richard Neustadt 376

44. Constructing the Political Spectacle, Murray Edelman 381

45. A Preface to Economic Democracy, Robert A. Dahl 389

46. Who Rules America Now?, G. William Domhoff 393

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)