Public Policy

Public Policy

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Since the first edition of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, Michael Kraft and Scott Furlong have taken a different tack. They want students to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternativesa€”not only to question the assumptions of policy analysts, but also to recognize how analysis is 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, the authors introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy. The authors begin the fifth edition of Public Policy with a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models. Then, they discuss the nature of policy analysis and its practice and show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. The text arms students with the analytic tools they need to understand the motivations of policy actorsa€”both within and outside of governmenta€”and to influence a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.a lowered level of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in adults, and reduced automobile maintenance costs. ... That calculation helped gain approval for eliminating lead in gasoline despite opposition from automobile companies and oil refineries and ... the data on which regulations are based.23 Despite these expectations and procedures, the public policy student should always ask aboutanbsp;...

Title:Public Policy
Author:Michael E. Kraft, Scott R. Furlong
Publisher:CQ Press - 2014-10-20


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