The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Paperback | June 15, 2008

EditorMichael Moran, Martin Rein, Robert E. Goodin

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Public policy is the business end of political science. It is where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good. Political scientists approach public policy in myriad ways. Some approach the policy process descriptively, asking how the need for public intervention comes to beperceived, a policy response formulated, enacted, implemented, and, all too often, subverted, perverted, altered, or abandoned. Others approach public policy more prescriptively, offering politically-informed suggestions for how normatively valued goals can and should be pursued, either throughparticular policies or through alternative processes for making policy. Some offer their advice from the Olympian heights of detached academic observers, others as 'engaged scholars' cum advocates, while still others seek to instil more reflective attitudes among policy practitioners themselvestoward their own practices. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy mines all these traditions, using an innovative structure that responds to the very latest scholarship. Its chapters touch upon institutional and historical sources and analytical methods, how policy is made, how it is evaluated andhow it is constrained. In these ways, the Handbook shows how the combined wisdom of political science as a whole can be brought to bear on political attempts to improve the human condition.

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Public policy is the business end of political science. It is where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good. Political scientists approach public policy in myriad ways. Some approach the policy process descriptively, asking how the need for public intervention comes to beperceived, a policy response formulated, enacted,...

Michael Moran is W. J. M. Mackenzie Professor of Government at the University of Manchester. Martin Rein is a Professor in Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Robert E. Goodin is a Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1000 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.59 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1. Introduction1. Robert E. Goodin, Michael Moran, and Martin Rein: The Public and its PoliciesPart II. Institutional and Historical Background2. Peter deLeon: The Historical Roots of the Field3. Graham Allison: Emergence of Schools of Public Policy4. Yehezkel Dror: Training for Policy-MakersPart III. Modes of Policy Analysis5. Christopher Winship: Policy Analysis as Puzzle-solving6. John Forestor: Policy Analysis as Critical Listening7. Richard Wilson: Policy Analysis as Policy Advice8. Helen Ingram and Anne L. Schneider: Policy Analysis for Democracy9. John Dryzek: Policy Analysis as Social CritiquePart IV. Producing Public Policy10. Edward C. Page: The Origins of Policy11. Giandomenico Majone: Agenda Setting12. Maarten Hajer and David Laws: Policy Frame and Discourse13. Lawrence Susskind: Arguing, Bargaining, and Getting Agreement14. Bea Cantillon and Karel van den Bosch: Policy Impact15. Mark Bovens, Paul 'tHart and Sanneke Kuipers: The Politics of Policy Evaluation16. Eugene Bardach: Policy Dynamics17. Richard Freeman: Learning in Public Policy18. Martin Rein: Reframing Problematic PoliciesPart V. Instruments of Policy19. David Laws and Maarten Hajer: Policy in Practice20. R.A.W. Rhodes: Policy Networks21. Tom Christiansen: Smart Policy?22. Christopher Hood: The Tools of Government in the Information Age23. Barry L. Friedman: Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis24. John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser: Public-Private CollaborationPart VI. Constraints on Public Policy25. John Quiggin: Economic Constraints on Public Policy26. William A. Galston: Political Feasibility: Interests and Power27. Ellen M. Immergut: Institutional Constraints on Policy28. Davis B. Bobrow: Social and Cultural Factors29. Colin Hay: Globalization and Public PolicyPart VII. Policy Intervention: Styles and Rationales30. Tom Sefton: Distributive and Redistributive Policy31. Mark Kleiman and Steven N. Teles: Market and Non-Market Failures32. Colin Scott: Privatization and Regulatory Regimes33. Archon Fung: Democratizing the Policy ProcessPart VIII. Commending and Evaluating Public Policies34. James G. March and Johan P. Olsen: The Logic of Appropriateness35. Henry Shue: Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy36. Kevin B. Smith: Economic Techniques37. Jonathan Wolff and Dirk Haubrich: Economism and its Limits38. Neta C. Crawford: Policy Modeling39. Carol Hirschon Weiss and Johanna Birckmayer: Social Experimentation for Public PolicyIX. Public Policy, Old and New40. Amitai Etzioni: The Unique Methodology of Policy Research41. Oran R. Young: Choosing Governance Systems: A Plea for Comparative Research42. Frances Fox Piven: The Politics of Retrenchment: the U.S. Case43. Matthew Holden, Jr.: Reflections on how political scientists (and others) might think about energy and policy44. Rudolf Klein and Theodore R. Marmor: Reflections on Policy Analysis: Putting it Together Again

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`'Spanning all of the major substantive areas and approaches in modern political science, this blockbuster set is a must-have for scholars and students alike. Each volume is crafted by a distinguished set of editors who have assembled critical, comprehensive, essays to survey accumulatedknowledge and emerging issues in the study of politics. These volumes will help to shape the discipline for many years to come.''Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University