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Macmillan Higher Education

Understanding Public Policy

Theories and Issues

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Palgrave

Pages: 352
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Paperback - 9780230229716

15 October 2011

$49.99

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Ebook - 9780230356993

18 October 2011

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Hardcover - 9780230229709

15 October 2011

$119.00

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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,...

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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.


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  • 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
Structural Explanations
Rational Choice Theory
Multi-Level Governance
Punctuated Equilibrium
The Advocacy Coalition Framework
The Role of Ideas
Policy Transfer
Conclusion.

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PAUL CAIRNEY is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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PAUL CAIRNEY is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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