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Updated it its 14th edition, Understanding Public Policy focuses on the policy challenges confronting the Obama administration. This edition provides students with a close up look at the American healthcare system, current economic policies, issues of homeland security and defense policy among many other current event and issues shaping public policy today. The gold-standard for introductory public policy texts, Understanding Public Policy is designed to provide readers with concrete tools for both understanding and analyzing public policy.

0205861164 / 9780205861163 Understanding Public Policy Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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0205238823 / 9780205238828 Understanding Public Policy

0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I would describe this textbook as a textbook that provides a lot of information in a succinct, easy to understand format. This textbook provides a sound link between theory and actual public policies thus providing a well-rounded text for an introduction to public policy course.” –Jessica Ice, Florida State University

“It has an excellent, well-balanced coverage of the key issues that challenge our government. I would add that I admire it has been kept current as civilization and governance evolve.”—Minzi Su , Tennessee State University

“The primary advantage of this book is the application of theories to different public policy areas. I find it an excellent opportunity to teach students about empirical approach in public policy: posing their own hypotheses and selecting theories that suit best their favorite public policy topics.” –Olga Smirnova, East Carolina University

The main strengths of the book include overall comprehension, cohesiveness, and use of theories. Each chapter managers to cover a wide array of related concepts, and is densely packed with information. Yet, this is done with articulate brevity. My favorite aspect of this textbook is the use of different theories which makes this textbook an excellent tool to teach students how to empirically test theories.” –Olga Smirnova, East Carolina University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205861163
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Dye, Emeritus McKenzie Professor of Government at Florida State University, regularly taught large introductory classes in American politics. He received his B. A. and M. A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph. D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy, including The Irony of Democracy; Politics in States and Communities; Understanding Public Policy; Who’s Running America?; American Politics in the Media Age; Power in Society; Politics, Economics, and the Public; and American Federalism: Competition Among Governments. His books have been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese, and published abroad. Dye has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, and served as a visiting scholar at Bar- Ilan University, Israel; the Brookings Institution in Washington, D. C.; and elsewhere. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi and is listed in most major biographical directories. Additional information is available at www. thomasrdye.com.

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Table of Contents

1: Policy Analysis: What Governments Do, Why They Do It, and What Difference it Makes

2: Models of Politics: Some Help in Thinking About Public Policy

3: The Policymaking Process: Decision-Making Activities

4: Policy Evaluation: Finding Out What Happens After a Law Is Passed

5: Federalism and State Policies: Institutional Arrangements and Policy Variations

6: Criminal Justice: Rationality and Irrationality in Public Policy

7: Welfare: The Search for Rational Strategies

8: Health Care: Attempting A Rational-Comprehensive Transformation

9: Education: Group Struggles

10: Economic Policy: Challenging Incrementalism

11: Tax Policy: Battling the Special Interests

12: International Trade and Immigration: Elite-Mass Conflict

13: Energy and the Environment: Externalities and Interests

14: Civil Rights: Elite and Mass Interaction

15: Defense Policy: Strategies for Serious Games

16: Homeland Security: Terrorism and Nondeterrable Threats

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