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Cover Image: Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 4th Edition
  • Date: 07/24/2012
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $99.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-0274-7
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Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 4th Edition
Michael E. Kraft, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Scott R. Furlong, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay


All too often, public policy textbooks offer a basic grounding in the policy process without the benefit of integrating the use of policy analysis. Kraft and Furlong, since their first edition, take a different tack. They want students to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives—not only to question the assumptions of policy analysts, but to recognize how analysis is used in support of political arguments. To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the financial bailout to rising gas prices to natural disasters, the authors introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy.

Public Policy starts with a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models. The authors then discuss the nature of policy analysis and its practice, and show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. Public Policy arms students with analytic tools they need to understand the motivations of policy actors—both within and outside of government—influence a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.

Enhancements to the 4th edition:

  • All chapters have been comprehensively updated to include recent events, issues, and policy debates including the conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the use of private contractors for military support and operations, disputes over energy policy and climate change, the controversy over immigration policy, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, requirements for financial regulation, heightened concerns over economic and social inequality, and the clash over reforming taxes and entitlement programs, as well as dealing with the federal deficit and national debt.
  • New and updated “working with sources” and “steps to analysis” features help students investigate sources of information and apply evaluative criteria.
  • New and updated end-of chapter discussion questions, suggested readings, and web sites.

 

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Enhancements to the 4th edition:

  • All chapters have been comprehensively updated to include recent events, issues, and policy debates including the conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the use of private contractors for military support and operations, disputes over energy policy and climate change, the controversy over immigration policy, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, requirements for financial regulation, heightened concerns over economic and social inequality, and the clash over reforming taxes and entitlement programs, as well as dealing with the federal deficit and national debt.
  • New and updated “working with sources” and “steps to analysis” features help students investigate sources of information and apply evaluative criteria.
  • New and updated end-of chapter discussion questions, suggested readings, and web sites.
Previous Editions
3rd Edition ©2010
2nd Edition ©2007
1st Edition ©2004

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Table of Contents

Every chapter ends with a conclusion, discussion questions, suggested readings, suggested websites, and keyword lists.

PART I. THE STUDY OF PUBLIC POLICY

1. Public Policy and Politics
What Is Public Policy?
Defining Basic Concepts
The Contexts of Public Policy
The Reasons for Government Involvement
Why Study Public Policy?
The Practice of Policy Analysis

2. Government Institutions and Policy Actors
Growth of Government
Government Institutions and Policy Capacity
Federalism
Separation of Powers
Informal Policy Actors and Policy Capacity
Improving Policy Capacity

3. Understanding the Politics of Public Policy
Theories of Politics and Public Policy
The Policy Process Model
Instruments of Public Policy
Policy Typologies

PART II. ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY

4. Policy Analysis: An Introduction
The Nature of Policy Analysis
Steps in the Policy Analysis Process
Types of Policy Analysis
What Kind of Analysis Is Needed?

5. Public Problems and Policy Alternatives
Problem Analysis
How to Find Information
Constructing Alternatives
Creative Thinking about Policy Action

6. Assessing Policy Alternatives
Evaluative Criteria for Judging Policy Proposals
Using the Methods of Policy Analysis
Economic Approaches
Decision Making and Impacts
Political and Institutional Approaches
Ethical Analysis

PART III. ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES IN PUBLIC POLICY

7. Economic and Budgetary Policy
Background
Goals of Economic Policy
Tools of Economic Policy
The Budget Process and Its Effect on Economic Policy
Economic Policy: Successes and Failures
Future Economic Issues and Challenges
Focused Discussion: How to Address the Budgetary Shortfall

8. Health Care Policy
Background
Major Government Health Care Programs
Rising Health Care Costs
Managed Care Organizations
Reducing Health Care Costs: Beyond HMOs
Quality of Care
Focused Discussion: Should There Be Greater Emphasis on Preventative Health Care?

9. Welfare and Social Security Policy
Background
Social Security
Welfare
Focused Discussion: Addressing the Elephant in the Room - Social Security

10. Education Policy
Background
Problems Facing Education
Higher Education Issues
Education Policy Reforms
Focused Discussion: Higher Education Affordability, Cost, and Values

11. Environmental and Energy Policy
Background
The Evolution of Environmental and Energy Policy
From Consensus to Conflict in Environmental Policy
Major Federal Environmental Policies
Energy Policies
Focused Discussion: Climate Change and Energy Policy Alternatives

12. Foreign Policy and Homeland Security
Background and Policy Evaluation
Selected Issues in Homeland Security
Focused Discussion: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

PART IV. CONCLUSIONS

13. Politics, Analysis, and Policy Choice
Public Policies and Their Impacts
Policy Analysis and Policy Choices
Citizen Participation in Decision Making
Conclusions

 

Bio(s)
Michael E. Kraft, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Michael E. Kraft is professor emeritus of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of, among other works, Environmen¬tal Policy and Politics, 5th ed. (2011) and coauthor of Coming Clean: Information Dis¬closure and Environmental Performance (2011), with Mark Stephan and Troy D. Abel. In addition, he is the coeditor of Environmen¬tal Policy: New Directions in the 21st Century, 8th ed. (2013), with Norman J. Vig; Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy, 2nd ed. (2009), with Daniel A. Mazmanian; and Business and Environmental Policy: Corpo¬rate Interests in the American Political Sys¬tem (2007) and The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (2013), with Sheldon Kamieniecki. He has long taught courses in environmental policy and politics, Congress, and public policy analysis.

Scott R. Furlong, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Scott R. Furlong is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and profes¬sor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. His areas of expertise are regulatory policy and interest group participation in the executive branch, and he has taught public policy for nearly twenty years. He is the author or coauthor of numerous book chapters and coauthor of Rulemak¬ing: How Government Agencies Write Laws and Make Policy, 4th ed. (2011), with Cornelius S. Kerwin. His articles have appeared in such journals as Public Administration Review, Journal of Pub¬lic Administration, Research and The¬ory, Administrative Studies Quarterly, Administration and Society, American Review of Public Administration, Com¬parative State Politics, and Policy Studies Journal.
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Public Policy, 4e + Electronic Edition
Kraft, Furlong
978-1-4522-7730-1, $99

Public Policy, 4e + Issues for Debate in American Public Policy, 14e
Kraft, Furlong, CQ Researcher
ISBN: 978-1-4522-9078-2

Public Policy, 4e + Up in Smoke, 3e
Kraft, Furlong, Derthick
ISBN: 978-1-4522-9108-6

Public Policy, 4e + Collision Course
Kraft, Furlong, Manna
ISBN: 978-1-4522-9109-3

Kraft: Public Policy, 4e + Lobbying and Policymaking
Kraft, Furlong, Godwin, Godwin, Ainsworth
ISBN: 978-1-4522-7047-0

Public Policy, 4e + Practical Guide for Policy Analysis, 4e
Kraft, Furlong, Bardach
ISBN: 978-1-4522-7861-2

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