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Public Policy

Public Policy
Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Eighth Edition

January 2024 | 568 pages | CQ Press
With the right information, we can develop public policies that work better.

Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, Eighth Edition helps students understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives. The text encourages them to not only question the assumptions of policy analysts, but also recognize how various strategies are used in support of political arguments.

Part I: The Study of Public Policy
Chapter 1: Public Policy and Politics
Chapter 2: Government Institutions and Policy Actors
Chapter 3: Understanding Public Policymaking
Part II: Analyzing Public Policy
Chapter 4: Policy Analysis: An Introduction
Chapter 5: Public Problems and Policy Alternatives
Chapter 6: Assessing Policy Alternatives
Part III: Issues and Controversies in Public Policy
Chapter 7: Economic and Budgetary Policy
Chapter 8: Health Care Policy
Chapter 9: Welfare and Social Security Policy
Chapter 10: Education Policy
Chapter 11: Environmental and Energy Policy
Chapter 12: Foreign Policy and Homeland Security
Part IV: Conclusions
Chapter 13: Politics, Analysis, and Policy Choice

"This text provides a succinct and logically streamlined survey of introductory public policy material, equipping students with a knowledge base of the policymaking and policy analysis process."

Benjamin Melusky
Old Dominion University

Its a great textbook for undergrad students to go through the various contours of policy analysis and policymaking in the U.S. context. Easy to follow with great examples and case studies across multiple policy fields.

Mr Ali Ahsan
Political Science Dept, West Virginia University - Morgantown
April 2, 2024
Key features
  • Updated case studies on topics like the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration, and gun violence
  • Expanded discussion and case studies regarding election integrity and government legitimacy
  • Updated discussion of health care policy needs following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Assessment of the transition between the Trump and Biden administrations
  • Updated data, descriptions, and analyses
  • Chapter objectives call out key topics for close, focused reading.
  • Working with Sources and Steps to Analysis features help students investigate sources of information and apply evaluative criteria.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes draw students in, while effectively pointing to a chapter’s main themes.
  • All chapters end with discussion questions, suggested readings, and suggested web sites.