Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues

Paperback | October 15, 2011

byPaul Cairney

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This book is a new introduction to theories of public policy. The author provides an accessible assessment of a wide range of theories and models from policy cycles, policy transfer, rational choice and socio-economic explanations to multi-level governance, advocacy coalitions and punctuated equilibrium and of their value to policy analysis.

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This book is a new introduction to theories of public policy. The author provides an accessible assessment of a wide range of theories and models from policy cycles, policy transfer, rational choice and socio-economic explanations to multi-level governance, advocacy coalitions and punctuated equilibrium and of their value to policy ana...

Paul Cairney is Lecturer in Politics at theUniversity of Aberdeen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.22 × 5.53 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230229719

ISBN - 13:9780230229716

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Multiple Lens Approach to Policy Change
What is Public Policy and How Do We Identify Continuity and Change?
Power, Governance and Decision-Making
Institutions and Policy Change
Rationality and Incrementalism
Structural explanations
Rational Choice theory
Multi-level Governance
Punctuated Equilibrium and Venue Shift
Advocacy Coalition Framework
The Role of Ideas, Knowledge and Beliefs
Policy Transfer
Implementation, Evaluation and Learning
Conclusion

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"This important and even-handed new text will be very useful not only in teaching students but also to advanced scholars. Rather than review individual policies, Cairney focuses his attention on the theoretical approaches that allow us to make sense of the confusing relations among citizens and elites that produce government action. The result is the best available synthesis and a strong argument for cross-fertilization and the use of multiple approaches." - Frank R. Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill