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Public Policy
A Concise Introduction

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July 2018 | 352 pages | CQ Press
“A comprehensive textbook consisting of both historical and contemporary information and data about American public policy. The format and approach of the text are ideal for undergraduate students because they provide concrete examples of public policy in a way that relates to everyday life.”
  —Linda Trautman, Ohio University


Public Policy: A Concise Introduction is a student-friendly primer that quickly connects readers to the inner workings of public policy. The text condenses early chapters on theory and the policy-making process, allowing students to take up key policy challenges—such as immigration, education, and health care—much earlier in the semester. Structured chapter layouts of substantive policy areas allow instructors to supplement with their own examples seamlessly. The book’s emphasis on policy choices asks students to look beyond simple pros and cons to examine the multifaceted dimensions of decision making and the complexities inherent in real-world problem solving. Not every student starts out engaged in public policy, so place your students—both majors and non-majors alike—in the driver’s seat by fostering their analytical skills early, and spend the rest of the semester discussing policy issues, examining data, and debating current policy examples that matter most to them.

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PART I: DEFINING US PUBLIC POLICYMAKING
 
CHAPTER ONE: The Foundation
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Public Policy and Our Everyday Lives  
Starting with a Definition  
The Process  
A Motley Crew: Institutional and Non-Institutional Actors  
Policy Analysis  
Why Studying Public Policy Matters  
Plan of the Book  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER TWO: The Policy Process and Policy Theories
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Policy Rhetoric and Reality  
What Really is Policy?  
Understanding the Context of Public Policy  
The Quest for Public Policy Theory  
The Stages Heuristic Model of Public Policymaking  
Alternative Policy Process Models  
Actors in the Policy Process  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
PART II: THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
CHAPTER THREE: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Up in Smoke: Federal and State Marijuana Policies  
Overview of Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations  
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Evolve  
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Today  
Enduring Virtues of a Federal System  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER FOUR: Rulemaking and Regulations
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: From Peanuts on a Plane to the Future of E-Cigarettes  
Understanding the Context of U.S. Regulations  
Understanding Regulatory Processes  
Influence and Participation  
After a Rule Becomes a Law  
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  
The Future of Regulatory Policy  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
PART III: UNDERSTANDING KEY PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
 
CHAPTER FIVE: Economic Policy and Public Budgeting
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Green Eggs and Ham and the Federal Government  
Overview of Economic Policy and Public Budgeting  
Size and Scope of the US Economy  
The Federal Budget  
History and Development of Economic Policy  
Major Economic Policy and Budgeting Statutes  
Major Actors in Economic Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER SIX: Crime and Public Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Guns on Campus: Safety or Risk?  
Overview of Crime in America  
History and Development  
Actors in Criminal Justice Policy  
Major US Criminal Justice and Crime Policy Statutes  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: Education Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Behind the Curtain of a Public Education  
Overview of US Education Policy  
History and Development of the US Education System  
Major Education Policy Statutes  
Major Actors in US Education Policy  
State Actors and Vested Interests  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER EIGHT: Civil Rights and Immigration Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: The Desert and an Elusive Cat  
Overview of Civil Rights  
History and Development of US Immigration Policy  
Major US Immigration Policy Statutes  
The Actors in Immigration Policy  
Unofficial Actors in Immigration Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER NINE: Social Welfare and Health Care Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Living on Two Dollars a Day  
Overview of Social Welfare Policy  
History and Development of US Social Welfare Policy  
Overview of Health Care Policy  
History and Development of US Health Care Policy  
Major Us Social Welfare and Health Care Statutes  
Major Actors in Social Welfare and Health Care Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER TEN: Environmental and Energy Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: A Web of Actors When Disaster Strikes  
Overview of Environmental and Energy Policy  
History and Development of Environmental Policy  
Understanding US Energy Policy  
History and Development of Energy Policy  
Major Environmental and Energy Policy Statutes  
Major Actors in Environmental and Energy Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Conclusion: Public Policy: A Concise Introduction
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: On the Front Lines  
Putting the Pieces Together  
Why Public Policy Matters  
Concluding Thoughts  

Supplements

Student Resource Site
  • 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
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Video and multimedia links that appeal to students with different learning styles
Instructor Resource Site
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
  • Lively and stimulating chapter activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Video and multimedia links that appeal to students with different learning styles

“I like the progression of practical examples, public policy issues, and dynamics that position students to conceptualize both intellectually and academically. To be specific, Chapter 1 has established a foundation to enable the student to not just regurgitate facts but to invoke public policy facts to advance vibrant policy positions of their own.”

Mary D. Bruce
Governors State University

“A comprehensive textbook consisting of both historical and contemporary information and data about American public policy. The format and approach of the text are ideal for undergraduate students because they provide concrete examples of public policy in a way that relates to everyday life.”

Linda Trautman
Ohio University

“I think the features are fantastic and well placed in this textbook. I particularly like the chapter-opening vignettes, Everyday Citizen Connections, and Policy Choices feature. I think these make the text more accessible to students and generate more real student learning than a text that just presents the material in a static manner.” 

Laura Fidelie
Midwestern State University
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Chapter-opening vignettes consider current examples of public policy in action, such as what life is like living on less than $2 a day in America, the legalization of marijuana by several states, and gun violence on campus, and connect readers to broader concepts. 
  • Learning Objectives preview the key points students need to learn in each chapter. 
  • Telling Stories with Data boxes invite students to evaluate data in order to decipher their impact on a particular policy issue or dilemma. 
  • Policy Choices sections challenge students to think about the policy alternatives available— beyond the simplistic for-or-against approach so often conveyed in the media and public dialogue—encouraging them to think about potential remedies to important policy questions and the consequences of those choices. 
  • Everyday Citizen Connection features that link theory to practice illustrate how people are affected by public policy and show students how they can engage in policy issues that matter to them.
 

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