The Public Policy Theory Primer

The Public Policy Theory Primer

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by Kevin B. Smith, Christopher Larimer
     
 

Public policy has developed into a broad and interdisciplinary area of study. Research in the field tends to reflect this wide-ranging nature, with scholarly activity focusing on policy process, policy design, program evaluation, specific policy issues, and research classified simply as "policy studies." Yet for those teaching and studying in the field, this… See more details below

Overview

Public policy has developed into a broad and interdisciplinary area of study. Research in the field tends to reflect this wide-ranging nature, with scholarly activity focusing on policy process, policy design, program evaluation, specific policy issues, and research classified simply as "policy studies." Yet for those teaching and studying in the field, this disjointedness can be confusing and cumbersome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813343815
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Public Policy as a Concept and a Field (or Fields) of Study 1

2 Does Politics Cause Policy? Does Policy Cause Politics? 27

3 Who Makes Decisions? How Do They Make Decisions? Actors and Institutions 49

4 Where Does Policy Come From? The Policy Process 75

5 What Should We Do? The Field of Policy Analysis 101

6 What Have We Done? Impact Analysis and Program Evaluation 129

7 How Does It Work? Policy Implementation 155

8 Whose Values? Policy Design 181

9 New Directions in Policy Research 209

10 Do the Policy Sciences Exist? 231

References 249

Index 269

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