The Public Policy Theory Primer

The Public Policy Theory Primer

by Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W. Larimer
     
 

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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

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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.

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The Public Policy Theory Primer will give students a “30,000 foot view” of the field of policy studies, and provide the necessary context and overview to process the wide variety of perspectives and approaches. This is the much-needed missing piece that will allow the next generation of policy scholars to move the field forward.” —Robert Wood, University of North Dakota

“Much more than a primer, this text recognizes the changing dynamics of policy science, emphasizing the latest research in implementation studies. Perfect for graduate seminars and students studying for comprehensive examinations, just about everything you need to know about the field of policy science is in this book.” —Jacqueline Vaughn, Northern Arizona University

“Smith and Larimer’s tour de force provides both summary and serious critique of the field of policy studies. It will contribute to the future development of the field by presenting both students and their professors the first serious holistic evaluation of the entire field, rather than the partial views usually addressed in texts. It will be the standard reference for years to come.” —Bryan D. Jones, University of Texas at Austin

“Smith and Larimer’s classification system is sensible and comprehensive, arguably the best scheme for organizing the field of policy studies in print…I expect that over the next decade, nearly every graduate student in political science and public affairs will be introduced to the field of public policy through the book under review.” —Perspectives on Politics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813347493
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,185,994
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin B. Smith is professor of political science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Christopher W. Larimer is associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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