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7th Edition

The Public Policy Process

ISBN 9781138909502
Published October 30, 2016 by Routledge
400 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Public Policy Process is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the process by which public policy is made. Explaining clearly the importance of the relationship between theoretical and practical aspects of policy-making, the book gives a thorough overview of the people and organisations involved in the process.

Fully revised and updated for a 7th edition, The Public Policy Process provides:

  • Clear exploration, using many illustrations, of how policy is made and implemented.
  • A new chapter on comparative theory and methods.
  • New material on studying advocacy coalitions, policy changes, governance, and evaluation.
  • More European and international examples.


This edition appears at a time when its concern to emphasise the complex implications of modern ‘governance’, and the way in which the ultimate outcome of a new policy initiative will depend on policy formulation and implementation processes, is particularly relevant to the UK government’s efforts to leave the European Union.

Table of Contents

Part I: Policy Theories

1. Studying the Policy Process

2. Theories of power and the policy process

3. Rational choice theory

4. From pluralism to networks

5. Institutional theory

6. Comparative Policy Process Studies

7. Integrating theoretical approaches


Part II: Analysis of the Policy Process

8. Policy and politics

9. Agenda setting

10. Policy formulation

11. Implementation: an overview

12. Bureaucracy: organisational structures and processes

13. The policy process at the street level

14. The policy process in the age of governance

15. Conclusion: evaluation and accountability

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Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle, UK. Since leaving Newcastle he has held visiting appointments in London University, at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary College and the London School of Economics, and at Brighton University.

Frédéric Varone is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a member of the Research Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation.


"A fresh edition of a classic textbook. It provides an even-handed, concise and considerate overview of a range of theories and approaches in the study of the policy process." - Mark Bovens, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

"The seventh edition consolidates The Public Policy Process is one of the leading textbooks in the field of public policy-making. It provides a rich and accessible overview of relevant theory and essential concepts along with illustrative examples from a diverse set of cases. The book is a great source of knowledge and inspiration that is certain to be of interest to academics and practitioners and all those interested in understanding the policy process." - Daniel Nohrstedt, Uppsala University, Sweden.

"This book presents an excellent contribution to the study of the policy process. Michael Hill and Frédéric Varone performed an invaluable service by authoring this new edition of the very successful textbook. It is a "must read" for students and researchers interested in policy theories ant their application to various aspects of the policy process." - Sabine Kuhlmann, University of Potsdam, Germany.

"In the 7th Edition of The Public Policy Process, Hill and Varone have transformed what has been one of the best introductory books on policy process research into one that is an even better. In doing so, they recognize and describe the complexities inherent in policy processes without reverting to overly simplified and distorted depictions. Based on crisp conceptualizations and comprehensive theoretical foundations, this book offers a firm foundation for new students and experienced scholars for understanding, studying, and influencing policy processes." - Chris Weible, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, USA.