Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems

Paperback | January 26, 2009

byMichael Howlett, M. Ramesh, Anthony Perl

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Studying Public Policy examines three dimensions of efforts to engage and resolve public problems: policy actors, institutions, and ideas. Using this focus, the book overviews past efforts to understand public policy-making, outlines the different stages of the policy-making process, anddiscusses the principal elements and patterns of policy dynamics. Developing an analytical framework of the subject, the text examines the theoretical and conceptual foundations of, and approaches used in, policy sciences giving students a solid basis for understanding public policy. This editionhas been fully updated with new developments in the field and revised with clear language and an easy-to-understand structure, making it the most current, student-friendly resource available.

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Studying Public Policy examines three dimensions of efforts to engage and resolve public problems: policy actors, institutions, and ideas. Using this focus, the book overviews past efforts to understand public policy-making, outlines the different stages of the policy-making process, anddiscusses the principal elements and patterns of ...

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair and Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. M. Ramesh is an Associate Professor at the Lew Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Anthony Perl is a Professor and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195428021

ISBN - 13:9780195428025

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Part I: Methodology, Theory, and Context in Public Policy Research1. Introduction: Why Study Public Policy?Overview of the BookPublic Policy DefinedMethodological Implications for Studying Public PolicyThe Policy Cycle Framework of Analysis: An Applied Problem-Solving Model of the Policy ProcessStructure of the Book2. Understanding Public Policy: Theoretical ApproachesEvolution of the Policy SciencesApproaches to Public Policy Analysis: Positivism and Post-PositivismApproaches to Public Policy Studies: Multi-Level, Multi-Disciplinary Theorizing with Different Units of AnalysisConclusion3. The Policy ContextIntroduction: Institutions, Ideas, and ActorsThe Political-Economic ContextPolicy-Making in the Liberal-Democratic Capitalist StateThe International System and Public PolicyPolicy Subsystems and Policy Regimes: Integrating Institutions, Ideas, and ActorsConclusionPart II: The Five Stages of the Policy Cycle4. Agenda-SettingThe Objective Construction of Policy Problems: The Role of Social Conditions and StructuresThe Subjective Construction of Policy Problems: The Role of Policy Actors and ParadigmsCombining Ideas, Actors, and Structures in Multi-Variable Models of Agenda-SettingModes of Agenda-SettingLinking Agenda-Setting Modes to Content: Policy Windows and Policy MonopoliesConclusion: Revisiting Agenda-Setting Modes through a Policy Subsystem Lens5. Policy Formulation: Policy Instruments and Policy DesignWhat Is Policy Formulation?The Phases of Policy FormulationThe General Content of Policy FormulationThe Substance of Policy Formulation: Policy InstrumentsCommon Policy Tools by CategoryThe Nature of Policy AlternativesThe Role of Policy Subsystems in Policy FormulationConclusion: Understanding Policy Formulation Styles as a Function of Policy Regimes6. Public Policy Decision-MakingActors in the Decision-Making ProcessChoices: Negative, Positive, and Non-DecisionsEarly Models of Decision-Making: Rationalism and IncrementalismEfforts To Move Beyond Rationalism and IncrementalismConclusion: Revisiting Public Policy Decision-Making Modes7. Policy ImplementationActors and Activities in Policy ImplementationImplementation TheoryImplementation as Policy Design: Instrument Choices and Policy MixesImplementation Styles and Long-Term Instrument PreferencesConclusion: Subsystem Complexity and Issue Tractability as Key Determinants of Implementation Success and Failure8. Policy Evaluation: Policy-Making as Policy LearningPositivist and Post-Positivist Policy EvaluationPolicy Evaluation as Policy LearningActors in the Policy Evaluation ProcessThe Outcomes of Policy Evaluation: Policy Feedback and Policy TerminationLinking Policy Evaluation and Learning: Evaluation Styles in GovernmentConclusion: The Key Role of Evaluation and Feedback in the Policy CyclePart III: Long-Term Policy Dynamics9. Patterns of Policy ChangeOutcomes of Policy Succession: Policy Feedback and Policy TerminationTypes of Policy Change: Normal and AtypicalConclusionBibliographyIndex