Public Policy
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Public Policy
Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Sixth Edition
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May 2017 | 592 pages | CQ Press
In Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, students come to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives. They learn not only to question the assumptions of policy analysts, but also to recognize how different kinds of analysis are used in support of political arguments. To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the federal deficit to health care reform to climate change, authors Michael Kraft and Scott Furlong introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy.

The Sixth Edition of Public Policy offers a fully revised, concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models as well as a discussion of the nature of policy analysis and its practice. Both the exposition and data have been updated to reflect major policy controversies and developments through the end of 2016, including new priorities of the Donald Trump administration. The text shows students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas, arming them with the analytic tools they need to understand the motivations of policy actors—both within and outside of government—and to influence a complex and evolving, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.
 
PART I: THE STUDY OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 1: PUBLIC POLICY AND POLITICS
What Is Public Policy?  
Defining Basic Concepts  
Why Study Public Policy?  
The Contexts of Public Policy  
The Reasons for Government Involvement  
The Practice of Policy Analysis  
 
Chapter 2: GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND POLICY ACTORS
Growth of Government  
Government Institutions and Policy Capacity  
Federalism  
Separation of Powers  
Informal Policy Actors and Policy Capacity  
Improving Policy Capacity  
 
Chapter 3: UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC POLICYMAKING
Theories of Politics and Public Policy  
The Policy Process Model  
Instruments of Public Policy  
Policy Typologies  
 
Part II: ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 4: POLICY ANALYSIS: AN INTRODUCTION
The Nature of Policy Analysis  
Steps in the Policy Analysis Process  
Types of Policy Analysis  
What Kind of Analysis Is Needed?  
 
Chapter 5: PUBLIC PROBLEMS AND POLICY ALTERNATIVES
Problem Analysis  
How to Find Information  
Constructing Alternatives  
Thinking Creatively about Policy Action  
 
Chapter 6: ASSESSING POLICY ALTERNATIVES
Evaluative Criteria for Judging Policy Proposals  
Using the Methods of Policy Analysis  
Economic Approaches  
Decision Making and Impacts  
Political and Institutional Approaches  
Ethical Analysis  
 
PART III: ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES IN PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 7: ECONOMIC AND BUDGETARY POLICY
Background  
Goals of Economic Policy  
Tools of Economic Policy  
The Budget Process and Its Effect on Economic Policy  
Economic Policy: Successes and Failures  
Economic Issues and Challenges  
Focused Discussion: How to Address the Budgetary Shortfall  
 
Chapter 8: HEALTH CARE POLICY
Background  
Major Government Health Care Programs  
Other Health Care Policy Issues  
Rising Health Care Costs  
Managed Care Organizations  
Reducing Health Care Costs  
Quality of Care  
Focused Discussion: Should There Be Greater Emphasis on Preventive Health Care?  
 
Chapter 9: WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY
Background  
Social Security  
Welfare  
 
Chapter 10: EDUCATION POLICY
Background  
Problems Facing Education  
Education Policy Reforms  
Higher Education Issues  
Focused Discussion: Higher Education Affordability, Cost, and Value  
 
Chapter 11: ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY POLICY
Background  
The Evolution of Environmental and Energy Policy  
From Consensus to Conflict in Environmental Policy  
Major Federal Environmental Policies  
Energy Policy  
Focused Discussion: Climate Change and Energy Policy Alternatives  
 
Chapter 12: FOREIGN POLICY AND HOMELAND SECURITY
Background and Policy Evolution  
Selected Issues in Homeland Security  
Focused Discussion: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism  
 
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
 
Chapter 13: POLITICS, ANALYSIS, AND POLICY CHOICE
Policy Analysis, Citizen Participation, and Change  
Public Policies and Their Impacts  
Policy Analysis and Policy Choices  
Citizen Participation in Decision Making  

Supplements

Student Study Site

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  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • A  customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

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  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
  • Multimedia content includes original SAGE videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions

Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • All chapters and case studies have been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest developments and to appeal more to students.
  • Steps-to-analysis, and working-with-sources exercises have been updated.
  • All figures, tables, and photos have been updated and clarified.
  • Text revisions include major policy controversies and developments through the end of 2016, including new priorities of the Donald Trump administration.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Chapter objectives call out key topics for close, focused reading.
  • Working with Sources and Steps to Analysis features help students investigate sources of information and apply evaluative criteria.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes draw in students while effectively pointing to a chapter’s main themes.
  • New research and studies are incorporated into every chapter where appropriate.
  • All chapters end with discussion questions, suggested readings, and suggested web sites.

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ISBN: 9781506358154