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American Public Policy
Promise and Performance

Twelfth Edition


August 2021 | 616 pages | CQ Press
American Public Policy provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the policy-making process from procedural approaches and policy instruments to in-depth analysis of specific policy issues. Not shying away from the complexity of governmental procedure, B. Guy Peters ensures that the mechanisms of the policy process are understandable through discussion of topical policy areas.    

The twelfth edition covers how the background for policy in the United States has changed dramatically over the past several years in the midst of political polarization and gridlock, unemployment and recessions, and calls for greater diversity and inclusion. New topics include the eroding trust in government, COVID-19 pandemic and relief packages, the expanding national debt, the rising costs of health care and calls for "Medicare for All" or a public option, the rollback of environmental regulations under the Trump administration, and the rebuilding of alliances abroad.

 
PART I THE NATURE OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 1 What Is Public Policy
 
Chapter 2 The Structure of Policymaking in American Government
 
Chapter 3 Explaining Policy Choices
 
PART II THE MAKING OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 4 Agenda Setting and Public Policy
 
Chapter 5 Legitimating Policy Choices
 
Chapter 6 Organizations and Implementation
 
Chapter 7 Budgeting: Allocation and Public Policy
 
Chapter 8 Evaluation and Policy Change
 
PART III SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ISSUES
 
Chapter 9 Economic Policy
 
Chapter 10 Tax Policy
 
Chapter 11 Health Care Policies
 
Chapter 12 Social Security and Welfare
 
Chapter 13 Education Policy
 
Chapter 14 Energy and the Environment
 
Chapter 15 Defense and Law Enforcement
 
Chapter 16 Social Values and Public Policy
 
PART IV ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 17 Policy Analysis: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Ethical Analysis
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • The twelfth edition covers how the background for policy in the United States has changed dramatically over the past several years in the midst of political polarization and gridlock, unemployment and recessions, and calls for greater diversity and inclusion.
  • New topics include the eroding trust in government, COVID-19 pandemic and relief packages, the expanding national debt, the rising costs of health care and calls for "Medicare for All" or a public option, the rollback of environmental regulations under the Trump administration, and the rebuilding of alliances abroad.
  • Updated tables and charts ensure students have access to the latest data in the field.
  • New and updated photos illustrate important points.

KEY FEATURES

  • Evaluates a variety of approaches to the policymaking process, including institutional, economic, constructivist, and stages models, along with concepts such as the advocacy coalition framework, bounded rationality, and instrumentalism.
  • Introduces two forms of policy analysis—one that depends on economic assumptions and attempts to make government more efficient and cost-effective; another that focuses on the normative element of public policy— that help readers begin to develop an answer to the question “What is good policy?”
  • Background sections at the beginning of each chapter provide valuable context and chapter summaries help students focus on key takeaways.

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ISBN: 9781071809167
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