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,...Show More
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.
- Provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of the theories of Public Policy
- Diverse cases studies - ranging from nuclear policy in Japan to mental health policy in the UK - are incorporated throughout to reinforce the value of theory to a fuller understanding of contemporary public policy
- Encourages students to independently explore the extent to which the theories discussed are useful to their studies
Introduction: Theories and Issues
What is Public Policy? How Should We Study It?
Power and Public Policy
Institutions and 'New Institutionalism'
Rationality and Incrementalism
Rational Choice Theory
The Advocacy Coalition Framework
The Role of Ideas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Community Care Robin Means, Sally Richards, Randall Smith
- Public Policy in the Community Marilyn Taylor
- Local Government in the United Kingdom David Wilson, Chris Game
- Comparative Public Policy Anneliese Dodds
- Health Policy in Britain Christopher Ham
- Public Management in the United Kingdom June Burnham, Sylvia Horton
- Local Democracy and Local Government Lawrence Pratchett, David Wilson
- Housing Finance in the UK Kenneth Gibb, Moira Munro, Madhu Satsangi
- Decentralising Public Service Management Johnston Birchall, Keith Putman, Christopher Pollitt
- Housing Policy and Practice Peter Malpass, Alan Murie
- Public Management in Britain David Farnham, Sylvia Horton
- The Public Management and Modernisation in Britain A. Massey, Robert Pyper