American Public Policy: Promise and Performance (9th Revised edition)

American Public Policy: Promise and Performance (9th Revised edition)

By: B. Guy Peters (author)Paperback

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Voting and elections may often be cited as the most entertaining aspect of political theatre, however, it is the arena of public policy that has the most direct impact on the lives of the citizenry. And as we have seen played out in recent debates over healthcare reform, policy changes can be dramatic, sweeping, and often hotly contested. Known for providing a trusted and comprehensive overview of the policy process, B. Guy Peters returns with the ninth edition of American Public Policy: Promise and Performance. Beyond walking students through the governmental structures and policy-making procedures, Peters efficiently covers a wide swath of policy areas, and then concludes with a look at both cost-benefit analysis and ethical analysis. Framed in context of the aftermath of the financial crisis and Great Recession, the ninth edition considers how policy has been impacted by persistent unemployment and growing income inequality. In addition, Peters discusses the strain on education budgets, increased oversight of financial activities, fiscal policies meant to stimulate the economy, and the political challenge of balancing the budget in light of increased public spending.

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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.


Preface I. THE NATURE OF PUBLIC POLICY 1. What Is Public Policy? 2. The Structure of Policymaking in American Government 3. Explaining Policy Choices II. THE MAKING OF PUBLIC POLICY 4. Agenda Setting and Public Policy 5. Legitimating Policy Choices 6. Organizations and Implementation 7. Budgeting: Allocation and Public Policy 8. Evaluation and Policy Change III. SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ISSUES 9. Economic Policy 10. Tax Policy 11. Health Care Policies 12. Income Maintenance: Social Security and Welfare 13. Education Policy 14. Energy and the Environment 15. Protective Policies: Defense and Law Enforcement 16. Culture Wars in American Politics: Regulating Social Life IV. ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY 17. Policy Analysis: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Ethical Analysis

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781452218717
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9781452218717
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 1452218714
  • edition: 9th Revised edition

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