Summary: 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 sustainabl ...show moree 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. ...show less
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