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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:
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.
"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
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
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