A major textbook devoted to the theories that drive the study of Public Policy. Offering an accessible overview of the key components of public policy analysis - such as power and agenda setting, institutions, networks, socio-economic factors and the role of ideas - the text shows how different theoretical models relate to one another and explores how theory can be applied across a range of country settings.
With its impressively comprehensive coverage, the book can be used as the sole text for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses worldwide on Public Policy, Policy Analysis and Theories of Public Policy.
Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling, UK
Introduction: Theories and Issues.- What is Public Policy? How Should We Study It?.- Power and Public Policy.- Institutions and 'New Institutionalism'.- Rationality and Incrementalism.- Structural Explanations.- Rational Choice Theory.- Multi-Level Governance.- Punctuated Equilibrium.- The Advocacy Coalition Framework.- The Role of Ideas.- Policy Transfer.- Conclusion.