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Making and Managing Public Policy

1st Edition

By Karen Johnston Miller, Duncan McTavish


304 pages

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Understanding how public policy is made and managed is a key component in studying the disciplines of public management and administration. Such are the complexities associated with this topic, a deeper understanding is vital to ensure that practising public managers excel in their roles.

This textbook synthesizes the key theories, providing a contemporary understanding of public policy and how it relates to private and other sectors. It integrates this with the management and implementation of public policy, including outlines of organizations, practices and instruments used.

Pedagogical features include chapter synopses, learning objectives, boxed international cases and vignettes and further reading suggestions. This useful, concise textbook will be required reading for public management students and all those interested in public policy.

Table of Contents

1. The Policy Process 2. Public Policy Domains 3. Public Policy Making 4. Case Study: Women in Public Policy? 5. Policy Capacity 6. Inter and Intra Organizational Relationships 7. Professionals, Users, Consumers and Markets 8. Case Study: Partnerships and Practices 9.Public Policy and Accountability 10. Public Policy and Performance Management 11. Case Study: Public Policy and UK Foot and Mouth Epidemic

About the Authors

Karen Johnston Miller is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has worked in Africa, the USA and UK for public, non-governmental and academic institutions. Her research areas are: public policy, governance; political-administrative relations and representative bureaucracy. Prof. Johnston Miller has published extensively in these areas. She is a board member of a number of learned societies and editorial boards, and is joint editor of the journal, Public Policy and Administration.

Duncan McTavish is Professor of Public Policy and Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has worked in a number of universities and has operated in the UK and internationally as an academic, teacher, researcher and consultant. He has authored a substantial number of articles, books and other publications. He has also project managed major research projects. Professor McTavish is joint editor of Public Policy and Administration.

About the Series

Routledge Masters in Public Management

Routledge Masters in Public Management is a series of original texts which offers students and practitioners a concise, coordinated and comprehensive learning resource.

The series benefits from a coordinated format, including the use of such pedagogical features as learning points, text boxes, annotated further reading and questions for further discussion. Each volume in the series stands in its own right as a textbook which is essential reading for a particular module in a public management degree scheme. Taken together, the series offers an integrated and up-to-date collection of core textbooks and supplementary reading that can provide the backbone of any student’s study of public management – whether based upon an MBA or MPA programme, a stand-alone course or through a period of individual study. Taking an expert look at an increasingly important and complex discipline, this is a groundbreaking series.

The resources represented in this series go beyond the “toolkit” or “recipe” format which does not reflect the way working in the public sector actually happens. Rather, the series encourages the reader to develop the core managerial skills and critical thinking required to excel in this discipline.

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Subject Categories

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