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The Public Policy Primer

Managing the Policy Process

By Xun Wu, M. Ramesh, Michael Howlett, Scott A. Fritzen

© 2011 – Routledge

120 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This short guide provides a concise and accessible overview of the entire policy cycle taking the reader through the various stages of agenda setting, policy formulation, decision making, policy implementation and policy evaluation.

Public officials at every level of government play a vital role in the development, adoption and implementation of government policies. Yet existing works focus only on senior politicians and public officials and, thus, fail to provide an insight into the work of the vast majority of other officials. This book provides an introduction to the key policy functions, the challenges they entail, and how the challenges may be addressed by public officials. Written from a comparative perspective, the authors include examples from a diverse range of countries at different stages of development, highlighting key principles and practices through which officials can effectively manage their policy processes and outcomes.

This important tool offers students of public policy and policy practitioners’ guidance on how to make, implement and evaluate public policies in ways that improve citizens’ lives.

Table of Contents

1. Introductions: Public Managers and the Policy Process 2. Agenda-Setting 3. Policy Formulation 4. Decision-Making 5. Policy Implementation 6. Policy Evaluation 7. Conclusion: Enhancing Policy Effectiveness Through Integrated Policy Making

About the Authors

Xun Wu is Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, specializing in policy reforms in developing countries, with emphasis on social and environmental sectors.

M Ramesh is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Hong Kong. His teaching and research are concentrated in public policy, social policy, and political economy in Asia.

Michael Howlett teaches at the Simon Fraser University, Canada and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. His areas of specialization include public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy.

Scott A. Fritzen is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, specializes in governance reform and capacity strengthening in developing countries.

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