The development and use of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki number among the formative national experiences for both Japanese and Americans as well as for 20th-century Japan-US relations. This volume explores the way in which the bomb has shaped the self-image of both peoples.
The ideal first reading for any course in public policy, this brief text traces the dynamics of the policy making process:
-- the triggering of issue awareness;
-- emergence of an issue on the public agenda;
-- the formulation of a public policy commitment dealing with the issue;
-- the implementation process that translates policy into practice.
Throughout the book. Gerston brings his analysis to life with abundant examples from recent and historic cases of public policy making. At the sa time, with well-chosen references, he places public policy analysis in the disciplinary context of political science and deftly orients the reader to the classics of public policy studies. Study questions and lists of recommended readings accompany each chapter.