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Public Policy : Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives -Text Only

Public Policy : Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives -Text Only - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-1568029412

Cover of Public Policy : Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives -Text Only 2ND 07 (ISBN 978-1568029412)
ISBN13: 978-1568029412
ISBN10: 1568029411

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2007
International: No

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Public Policy : Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives -Text Only - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1568029412

Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong

ISBN13: 978-1568029412
ISBN10: 1568029411

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
Published: 2007
International: No

It is important that a text offer a thorough explanation of the policy process, but what about your students' ability to evaluate policies and their alternatives? Too many books leave policy analysis to a last and solitary chapter--or don't cover it at all. Kraft and Furlong answer to this need and integrate an evaluative approach to policy in their innovative text, encouraging critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the benefits and costs of sustainable development to the advantages and drawbacks of U.S. efforts to fight the war on terrorism.

Public Policy starts with the basics and concisely describes government institutions, identifies primary policy actors, and reviews major theoretical models. The authors then discuss the nature of policy analysis and its practice, and show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. At its core, Public Policy guides students through policy alternatives, arming them with the analytic tools to understand how the interests and motivations of policy actors--both within and outside of government--impact a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.

Table of Contents

1. Public Policy and Politics

What Is Public Policy?
Defining Basic Concepts
The Contexts of Public Policy
The Reasons for Government Involvement
Why Study Public Policy?
The Practice of Policy Analysis

2. Government Institutions and Policy Actors

Growth of Government
Government Institutions and Policy Capacity
Separation of Powers
Informal Policy Actors and Policy Capacity
Improving Policy Capacity

3. Understanding the Politics of Public Policy

Theories of Politics and Public Policy
The Policy Process Model
Instruments of Public Policy
Policy Typologies

4. Policy Analysis: An Introduction

The Nature of Policy Analysis
Steps in the Policy Analysis Process
What Kind of Analysis Is Needed?
Types of Policy Analysis

5. Public Problems and Policy Alternatives

Problem Analysis
How to Find Information
Constructing Alternatives
Creative Thinking about Policy Action

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

7. Economic and Budgetary Policy

Goals of Economic Policy
Tools of Economic Policy
The Budget Process and Its Effect on Economic Policy
Economic Policy: Successes and Failures
Future Economic Issues and Challenges
Focus Discussion: Surpluses to Deficits: How to Address the Shortfall

8. Health Care Policy

Major Government Health Care Programs
Other Health Care Policy Issues
Rising Health Care Costs
Managed Care Organizations
Reducing Health Care Costs: Beyond HMOs
Quality of Care
Leading Causes of Death and Preventive Health Care
Lifestyle Choices and Wellness Activities
Focused Discussion: What Is the Best Policy to Cover Prescription Drug Costs?
Major Legislation

9. Welfare and Social Security Policy

Social Security
Focused Discussion: Reforming Social Security through Privatization
Major Legislation

10. Education Policy

Problems Facing Education
Higher Education Issues
Education Policy Reforms
Focused Discussion: School Vouchers and Educational Quality
Major Legislation

11. Environmental and Energy Policy

The Evolution of Environmental and Energy Policy
From Consensus to Conflict in Environmental Policy
Major Federal Environmental Policies
Focused Discussion: Climate Change and Energy
Policy Alternatives
Major Legislation

12. Homeland Security Policy

The Evolution of Homeland Security Policy
From Consensus to Conflict in Homeland Security Policy
Major National Security Policies
Focused Discussion: The Iraq War
Policy Alternatives

13. Politics, Analysis, and Policy Choice

Public Policies and Their Impacts
Policy Analysis and Policy Choices
Citizen Participation in Decision Making