The Public Policy Process is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the process by which public policy is made. Explaining clearly the importance of the relationship between theoretical and practical aspects of policy-making, the book gives a thorough overview of the people and organisations involved in the process.
Fully revised and updated for a 7th edition, The Public Policy Process provides:
Clear exploration, using many illustrations, of how policy is made and implemented.
A new chapter on comparative theory and methods.
New material on studying advocacy coalitions, policy changes, governance, and evaluation.
More European and international examples.
This edition appears at a time when its concern to emphasise the complex implications of modern `governance', and the way in which the ultimate outcome of a new policy initiative will depend on policy formulation and implementation processes, is particularly relevant to the UK government's efforts to leave the European Union.
Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle, UK. Since leaving Newcastle he has held visiting appointments in London University, at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary College and the London School of Economics, and at Brighton University. Frederic Varone is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of the Research Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Part I: Policy Theories 1. Studying the Policy Process 2. Theories of power and the policy process 3. Rational choice theory 4. From pluralism to networks 5. Institutional theory 6. Comparative Policy Process Studies 7. Integrating theoretical approaches Part II: Analysis of the Policy Process 8. Policy and politics 9. Agenda setting 10. Policy formulation 11. Implementation: an overview 12. Bureaucracy: organisational structures and processes 13. The policy process at the street level 14. The policy process in the age of governance 15. Conclusion: evaluation and accountability