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American Public Policy : Promise and Performance

American Public Policy : Promise and Performance - 7th edition

ISBN13: 978-1933116747

Cover of American Public Policy : Promise and Performance 7TH 07 (ISBN 978-1933116747)
ISBN13: 978-1933116747
ISBN10: 1933116749

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 7TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2007
International: No

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American Public Policy : Promise and Performance - 7TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1933116747

B. Guy Peters

ISBN13: 978-1933116747
ISBN10: 1933116749

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 7TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2007
International: No

In this seventh edition of his classic introduction to the process and content of public policy in America, B. Guy Peters provides the background and context needed for any introductory course in the subject. Deftly handling such core topics as the governmental structures and procedures through which policy is designed and implemented, Peters also examines substantive policy areas--including health care, education, social security and welfare, energy and the environment, and defense and law enforcement--to give students a solid foundation as well as a real sense of the issues and tradeoffs facing today's policymakers.

Students and instructors alike will appreciate the seventh edition's updated material on the George W. Bush administration along with cases and material drawn from recent events and scholarship. In addition to analysis of the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the continuing efforts to implement results-based legislation such as the ''No Child Left Behind'' policy, and an expanded discussion of the changing role of ideology, this revision also includes valuable new material on the defense budget, earmarking in the budgeting process, and the President's Tax Reform Commission. Showing students why such politically divisive issues as abortion, gay marriage, and school prayer are so unyielding to bargaining and compromise, Peters includes a unique and insightful chapter on social policy and the culture wars. Finally, updated graphics, tables, and charts throughout will ensure that students have access to the latest data in the field.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Nature of Public Policy
1. What Is Public Policy?

Defining Public Policy
The Instruments of Public Policy
The Environment of Public Policy

2. The Structure of Policymaking in American Government

Separation of Powers
Public and Private
The Size and Shape of the Public Sector

Part 2. The Making of Public Policy
3. Agenda Setting and Public Policy

Agenda Setting
Kinds of Agendas
Who Sets Agendas?
From Problem to Issue: How to Get Problems on the Agenda
Policy Formulation
Decision Analysis

4. Legitimating Policy Choices

Legislative Legitimation
Regulations and the Administrative Process

5. Organizations and Implementation

Dramatis Personae
The Organizational Setting

6. Budgeting: Allocation and Public Policy

Characteristics of the Federal Budget
The Budget Cycle
Problems in the Budgetary Process
Reforming Budgeting
From Scalpels to Axes: Budget Reform in the 1980s and 1990s
Is Budget Change Its Own Reward?

7. Evaluation and Policy Change

Problems in Evaluating Public Programs
Policy Change

Part 3. Substantive Policy Issues
8. Economic Policy

The Goals of Economic Policy
The Instruments of Economic Policy

9. Tax Policy

Public Opinion and Taxation
Choices in Tax Policy
The Politics of Tax Reform

10. Health Care Policies

Problems in Health Care
Public Programs in Health Care
Health Care Regulation
The Pursuit of National Health Insurance

11. Income Maintenance: Social Security and Welfare

Social Insurance
Means-Tested Programs
The Persistence of Poverty in the United States

12. Educational Policy

The Federal Government's Role in Education
Issues of Educational Policy

13. Energy and the Environment

Energy: Problems and Policies
Energy Sources
Policy Options
Environmental Policies
Implementation of Environmental Controls

14. Protective Policies: Defense and Law Enforcement

Defense Policy
Problems of Defense Policy
Law Enforcement
Issues in Law Enforcement Policy

15. Culture Wars in American Politics: Regulating Social Life

Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Gay Rights: Politics Comes Out of the Closet
The Separation of Church and State: School Prayer and Other Issues

Part 4. Policy Analysis
16. Cost-Benefit Analysis

Principles of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Doing Cost-Benefit Analysis
Criticism and Modification

17. Ethical Analysis of Public Policy

Fundamental Value Premises
Ethics and Public Policy: Alternatives to Utilitarianism