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Analyzing Public Policy

2nd Edition

By Peter John


224 pages

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The fully revised and updated new edition of this textbook continues to provide the most accessible overview of the main approaches in the study of public policy. It seeks to review the most common and widely used frameworks in the study of policy analysis:

  • institutions
  • groups and networks
  • society and the economy
  • individual interests
  • ideas.

The book explains each one, offers constructive criticisms and explores their claims in the light of a variety of American, British and European examples.

Arguing that no one framework offers a comprehensive explanation of public policy; John suggests a synthesis based on different aspects of the approaches, introducing concepts/approaches of advocacy coalitions, punctuated equilibrium and evolution as more effective ways to understand public policy.

Combining both a clear summary of debates in public policy and a new and original approach to the subject, this book remains essential reading for students of public policy and policy analysis.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Public Policy 2. Stages 3. Institutions 4. Group and Networks 5. Exogenous Determinants 6. Rational Actors 7. Ideas 8. A Synthesis 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Public Policy at University College London.

About the Series

Routledge Textbooks in Policy Studies

This series provides high-quality textbooks and teaching materials for upper-level courses on all aspects of public policy as well as policy analysis, design, practice and evaluation. Each text is authored or edited by a leading scholar in the field and aims both to survey established areas and present the latest thinking on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General