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American Public Policy: Promise and Performance (10th Revised edition)

American Public Policy: Promise and Performance (10th Revised edition)

By: B. Guy Peters (author)Paperback

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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 policy instruments; 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 gay rights. 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.

About Author

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 POLICYChapter One: What is Public Policy Defining Public Policy The Instruments of Public Policy The Environment of Public Policy SummaryChapter Two: The Structure of Policymaking in American Government Federalism Separation of Powers Subgovernments Public and Private The Size and Shape of the Public Sector SummaryChapter 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 SummaryPART TWO: THE MAKING OF PUBLIC POLICYChapter 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 SummaryChapter Five: Legitimating Policy Choices Legislative Legitimation Regulations and the Administrative Process The Courts Popular Legitimation SummaryChapter Six: Organizations and Implementation Dramatis Personae Implementation The Organizational Setting SummaryChapter 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 SummaryChapter Eight: Evaluation and Policy Change Problems in Evaluating Public Programs Policy Change SummaryPART THREE: SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ISSUESChapter Nine: Economic Policy Background The Goals of Economic Policy The Instruments of Economic Policy SummaryChapter Ten: Tax Policy Background Public Opinion and Taxation Choices in Tax Policy The Politics of Tax Reform SummaryChapter 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 SummaryChapter Twelve: Social Security and Welfare Social Insurance Means-Tested Programs The Persistence of Poverty in the United States SummaryChapter Thirteen: Education Policy The Federal Government's Role in Education Issues of Education Policy SummaryChapter Fourteen: Energy and the Environment Background Energy Sources The Formation of Energy Policy Environmental Policies Implementation of Environmental Controls SummaryChapter Fifteen: Defense and Law Enforcement Background Defense Policy Problems of Defense Policy Law Enforcement Issues in Law Enforcement Policy SummaryChapter 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 SummaryPART FOUR: ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICYChapter Seventeen: Policy Analysis: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Ethical Analysis Cost-Benefit Analysis Ethical Analysis of Public Policy Summary

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781483391502
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9781483391502
  • ISBN10: 1483391507
  • edition: 10th Revised edition

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