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Handbook of Public Policy

Handbook of Public Policy

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August 2006 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"The new handbook by Peters and Pierre provides an invaluable addition to the literature. It offers new scholars and practitioners a means to navigate many of the complex theoretical and practical issues in contemporary policy analysis"
 - Mark Considine, University of Melbourne

The public policies of governments affect the lives and livelihoods of citizens every day in every country around the world. This Handbook provides a comprehensive review and guide to the study, theory and practice of public policy today.

  • Section One, Making Policy, introduces the policy making process - the means by which public policies are formulated, adopted and implemented - and serves to review the many competing conceptualizations within the field
  • Section Two, Substantive Policy Areas, focuses on a number of substantive policy areas to consider both diversity and commonalties across different sectoral policy areas.
  • Section Three, Evaluating Public Policy, addresses issues of policy analysis more directly and assesses successes and failures in public policy in an attempt to answer the question 'what is good policy?'
    The concluding chapter considers the different disciplinary contributions to the research and study of public policy both retrospectively and prospectively.

Drawing contributions from leading academics and policy analysts from around the world, this Handbook illustrates the changing role of governments vis-à-vis the public and private sector and the different policy actors (national and international, governmental and non-governmental) involved in the policy making process. It will be an essential companion for all advanced undergraduates, graduates, academics and practitioners across public policy and public administration, public management, government and political science.

B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre
Peter L. Hupe and Michael Hill
The Three Action Levels of Governance: Reframing the policy process beyond the stages model
Peter deLeon and Christine R. Martell
The Policy Sciences: Past, Present, and Future
Bryan D. Jones, Graeme Boushey and Samuel Workman
Behavioral Rationality and the Policy Process
Davis B. Bobrow
Policy Design
Peter Bogason
Networks and Bargaining in Policy Analysis
B. Guy Peters
Concepts and Theories of Horizontal Policy Management
Irene S. Rubin
Søren C. Winter
John Uhr
Constitution and Rights
Helen Fawcett
Social Policy: Pensions
Harold L. Wilensky
Social Policy: Is there a Crisis in the Welfare State?
Michael Moran
Health Policy
Susan Marton
Education Policy
Christoph Knill
Environmental policy
Kevin V. Mulcahy
Cultural Policy
B. Guy Peters
Tax Policy
Richard D. Bingham
Industrial Policy in Developed Nations
Wyn Grant
Agriculture and Food
Kenneth Button
Transportation and Infrastructure
Walter Carlsnaes
Foreign Policy
Tim Newburn
Criminal Justice Policy
Ian Thynne
Privatisation by Divestment
Evert Verdung
Evaluation Research
Aiden R. Vining and David L. Weimer
Efficiency and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Gary Bryner
Ethics and Public Policy
Geert Bouckaert and John Halligan
Performance and Performance Management
Herbert Gottweiss
Constructivist Approaches to Public Policy
Jon Pierre
Disciplinary Perspectives

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