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An Introduction to the Policy Process

Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, 5th Edition

By Thomas A. Birkland

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430 pages | 38 Color Illus. | 7 B/W Illus.

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Now in a thoroughly revised Fifth Edition, An Introduction to the Policy Process provides students at all levels with an accessible, readable, and affordable introduction to the field of public policy. In keeping with prior editions, author Tom Birkland conveys the best current thinking on the policy process in a clear, conversational style. Designed to address new developments in both policy theory and policy making, the Fifth Edition includes examinations of:

  • the Brexit referendum result and its effects on the UK, European Union, and world politics, as well as the 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and the ways in which these events have caused voters and policy makers to rethink their assumptions;
  • changes to the media environment, including the decline of newspapers and television news, the growth of social media, and the emergence of "fake news";
  • new policy theory developments like the emergence of the Narrative Policy Framework and continued and newer applications of existing theories of policy process like Advocacy Coalitions, Multiple Streams, Punctuated Equilibrium, and Institutional Analysis and Development; and
  • all-new and updated chapter "at a glance" outlines, definitions of key terms, provocative review questions, recommended reading, visual aids and case studies, theoretical literature, and preentation slides and Test Banks to make teaching from the book easier than ever.

Firmly grounded in both social science and political science, An Introduction to the Policy Process provides the most up-to-date and thorough overview of the theory and practice of the policy process, ideal for upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in Public Policy, Public Administration, and Political Science programs.

Reviews

"As we have now come to expect, Dr. Birkland’s updated Fifth Edition meets and then exceeds expectations. His introductory text continues to provide a wonderfully accessible guide to the policy process that helps initiate the uninitiated, yet also offers sufficient depth and an understanding of the recent scholarship, making this text a necessity for beginning graduate students. As a quick and succinct guide to understanding the policy process, there is no better introduction out there."

–Michael Jones, Oregon State University, USA

"No single textbook does a better job explaining the political dynamics of public policy policymaking than An Introduction to the Policy Process. The book expertly melds theory and practice, providing students with an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the various stages comprising the policy process. An Introduction to the Policy Process should be required reading for all students in undergraduate and graduate public policy programs."

—Rob A. DeLeo, Bentley University, USA

"The Fifth Edition of An Introduction to the Policy Process is an excellent resource for teachers and students in the field of policy studies. This well-written textbook provides a highly accessible and insightful introduction to the political processes that shape public policies."

–George Busenberg, Soka University of America, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: The Fundamentals of the Policy Process

1. Introducing the Policy Process

2. Elements of the Policy Making System

3. The Historical and Structural Contexts of Public Policy Making in the United States

Part II: Actors in the Policy Process

4. Official Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy

5. Unofficial Actors and Their Roles in Public Policy

6. Agenda Setting, Power, and Interest Groups

7. Policies and Policy Types

Part III: Ideas, Policies and Decision Making

8. The Social and Political Construction of Problems

9. Policy Design and Policy Tools

10. Decision Making and Policy Analysis

11. Policy Implementation, Failure, and Learning

Part IV: Putting it all Together: Theory and Practice in the Policy Process

12. Contemporary Theories in Policy Process

13. Public Policy Making as a Profession and a Social Activity

About the Author

Thomas A. (Tom) Birkland is a Professor of Public Policy at North Carolina State University, where he is also the Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds degrees from the University of Oregon (BA), Rutgers University (MA), and the University of Washington, Seattle (PhD). At North Carolina State he teaches courses on disaster policy and on the policy process. Dr. Birkland’s research is in theories of the policy process, focusing on agenda change, policy change, and learning. He is also an internationally known expert on policies related to natural disasters and industrial accidents. He is the author of two books, After Disaster and Lessons of Disaster, and many journal articles. His recent interests have focused on whether and to what extent people and institutions learn from disasters.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL017000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POL028000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General

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