Important additions to this Tenth Edition include expanded discussions of policy instruments, the challenges for public policymakers presented by the continuing gridlock in Washington, the Affordable Care Act, higher education funding, reproductive rights, and gay rights. New coverage of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana keeps students up to date with recent policy debates and issues.
New to this edition:
The Tenth Edition includes expanded and updated discussions of
gridlock in Washington and the challenges for public policy makers;
continuing responses to the 2008 economic crisis;
the Affordable Care Act;
higher education funding and the student debt crisis;
reproductive rights; and
New to the volume is a review of fracking controversies and attendant changes in energy policies, issues of race and racial profiling in law enforcement policy, and the legalization of marijuana.
Updated tables and charts ensure students have access to the latest data in the field and new photos illustrate important points.
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively in the areas of public administration and public policy, both for the United States and comparatively. Among his recent publications are the Handbook of Public Administration and The Quest for Control: Politicization of the Public Service.
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF PUBLIC POLICY Chapter One: What is Public Policy Defining Public Policy The Instruments of Public Policy The Environment of Public Policy Summary Chapter Two: The Structure of Policymaking in American Government Federalism Separation of Powers Subgovernments Public and Private The Size and Shape of the Public Sector Summary Chapter Three: Explaining Policy Choices Power and Public Policy The Policy Process-The Stages Model Institutional Models of Policy Advocacy-Coalition Framework Policy Causes Politics Bounded Rationality, Multiple Streams, and Incrementalism The Private Sector, Iron Triangles, and Networks Optimal Decision Making Constructivist Models Summary PART TWO: THE MAKING OF PUBLIC POLICY Chapter Four: Agenda Setting and Public Policy Agenda Setting Kinds of Agendas Who Sets Agendas? From Problem to Issue: How to Get Problems on the Agenda Focusing Events Policy Formulation Policy Design Summary Chapter Five: Legitimating Policy Choices Legislative Legitimation Regulations and the Administrative Process The Courts Popular Legitimation Summary Chapter Six: Organizations and Implementation Dramatis Personae Implementation The Organizational Setting Summary Chapter Seven: Budgeting: Allocation and Public Policy Characteristics of the Federal Budget The Budget Cycle Problems in the Budget Process The Overhang Reforming Budgeting: Large-Scale Approaches in the 1960s and 1970s From Scalpels to Axes: Budget Reform from the 1980s to the 2000s Summary Chapter Eight: Evaluation and Policy Change Problems in Evaluating Public Programs Policy Change Summary PART THREE: SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ISSUES Chapter Nine: Economic Policy Background The Goals of Economic Policy The Instruments of Economic Policy Summary Chapter Ten: Tax Policy Background Public Opinion and Taxation Choices in Tax Policy The Politics of Tax Reform Summary Chapter 11: Health Care Policies Problems in Health Care The Affordable Care Act of 2010 Public Programs in Health Care Health Care Regulation Options for National Health Insurance Summary Chapter Twelve: Social Security and Welfare Social Insurance Means-Tested Programs The Persistence of Poverty in the United States Summary Chapter Thirteen: Education Policy The Federal Government's Role in Education Issues of Education Policy Summary Chapter Fourteen: Energy and the Environment Background Energy Sources The Formation of Energy Policy Environmental Policies Implementation of Environmental Controls Summary Chapter Fifteen: Defense and Law Enforcement Background Defense Policy Problems of Defense Policy Law Enforcement Issues in Law Enforcement Policy Summary Chapter Sixteen: Social Values and Public Policy Background Abortion and Reproductive Rights Gay Rights: Politics Comes Out of the Closet The Separation of Church and State: School Prayer and Other Issues Summary PART FOUR: ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY Chapter Seventeen: Policy Analysis: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Ethical Analysis Cost-Benefit Analysis Ethical Analysis of Public Policy Summary