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Public Policy
A Concise Introduction

First Edition
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July 2018 | 304 pages | CQ Press
 
PART I: DEFINING US PUBLIC POLICYMAKING
 
CHAPTER ONE: The Foundation
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Public Policy and Our Everyday Lives  
Starting with a Definition  
The Process  
A Motley Crew: Institutional and Non-Institutional Actors  
Policy Analysis  
Why Studying Public Policy Matters  
Plan of the Book  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER TWO: The Policy Process and Policy Theories
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Policy Rhetoric and Reality  
What Really is Policy?  
Understanding the Context of Public Policy  
The Quest for Public Policy Theory  
The Stages Heuristic Model of Public Policymaking  
Alternative Policy Process Models  
Actors in the Policy Process  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
PART II: THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
CHAPTER THREE: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Up in Smoke: Federal and State Marijuana Policies  
Overview of Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations  
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Evolve  
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Today  
Enduring Virtues of a Federal System  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER FOUR: Rulemaking and Regulations
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: From Peanuts on a Plane to the Future of E-Cigarettes  
Understanding the Context of U.S. Regulations  
Understanding Regulatory Processes  
Influence and Participation  
After a Rule Becomes a Law  
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  
The Future of Regulatory Policy  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
PART III: UNDERSTANDING KEY PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
 
CHAPTER FIVE: Economic Policy and Public Budgeting
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Green Eggs and Ham and the Federal Government  
Overview of Economic Policy and Public Budgeting  
Size and Scope of the US Economy  
The Federal Budget  
History and Development of Economic Policy  
Major Economic Policy and Budgeting Statutes  
Major Actors in Economic Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER SIX: Crime and Public Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Guns on Campus: Safety or Risk?  
Overview of Crime in America  
History and Development  
Actors in Criminal Justice Policy  
Major US Criminal Justice and Crime Policy Statutes  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: Education Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Behind the Curtain of a Public Education  
Overview of US Education Policy  
History and Development of the US Education System  
Major Education Policy Statutes  
Major Actors in US Education Policy  
State Actors and Vested Interests  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER EIGHT: Civil Rights and Immigration Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: The Desert and an Elusive Cat  
Overview of Civil Rights  
History and Development of US Immigration Policy  
Major US Immigration Policy Statutes  
The Actors in Immigration Policy  
Unofficial Actors in Immigration Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER NINE: Social Welfare and Health Care Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: Living on Two Dollars a Day  
Overview of Social Welfare Policy  
History and Development of US Social Welfare Policy  
Overview of Health Care Policy  
History and Development of US Health Care Policy  
Major Us Social Welfare and Health Care Statutes  
Major Actors in Social Welfare and Health Care Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER TEN: Environmental and Energy Policy
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: A Web of Actors When Disaster Strikes  
Overview of Environmental and Energy Policy  
History and Development of Environmental Policy  
Understanding US Energy Policy  
History and Development of Energy Policy  
Major Environmental and Energy Policy Statutes  
Major Actors in Environmental and Energy Policy  
Issues and Challenges  
Everyday Citizen Connection  
Concluding Thoughts  
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Conclusion: Public Policy: A Concise Introduction
Learning Objectives  
Opening Vignette: On the Front Lines  
Putting the Pieces Together  
Why Public Policy Matters  
Concluding Thoughts  

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  • Video and multimedia links that appeal to students with different learning styles

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