The Public Policy Process

The Public Policy Process

by Michael Hill


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The Public Policy Process is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the process by which public policy is made. Explaining clearly the importance of the relationship between theoretical and practical aspects of policy-making, the book gives a thorough overview of the people and organisations involved in the process.

Fully revised and updated for a 7th edition, The Public Policy Process provides:

  • Clear exploration, using many illustrations, of how policy is made and implemented.
  • A new chapter on comparative theory and methods.
  • New material on studying advocacy coalitions, policy changes, governance, and evaluation.
  • More European and international examples.

This edition appears at a time when its concern to emphasise the complex implications of modern ‘governance’, and the way in which the ultimate outcome of a new policy initiative will depend on policy formulation and implementation processes, is particularly relevant to the UK government’s efforts to leave the European Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405873529
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 08/21/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle, UK. Since leaving Newcastle he has held visiting appointments in London University, at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary College and the London School of Economics, and at Brighton University.

Frédéric Varone is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of the Research Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Table of Contents

Part I: Policy Theories

1. Studying the Policy Process

2. Theories of power and the policy process

3. Rational choice theory

4. From pluralism to networks

5. Institutional theory

6. Comparative Policy Process Studies

7. Integrating theoretical approaches

Part II: Analysis of the Policy Process

8. Policy and politics

9. Agenda setting

10. Policy formulation

11. Implementation: an overview

12. Bureaucracy: organisational structures and processes

13. The policy process at the street level

14. The policy process in the age of governance

15. Conclusion: evaluation and accountability

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