Explaining Public Policy

By J.A. Chandler

© 2013 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

This textbook explains the complexities of the policy-making process in a refreshingly clear way for students who are new to this subject. It explains:

  • How policy originates, is refined, legitimised, implemented, evaluated and terminated in the forms of theoretical models of the policy process
  • Which actors and institutions are most influential in determining the nature of policy
  • The values that shape the policy agenda such as ideology, institutional self-interest and resource capabilities
  • The outcome of policies, and why they succeed or fail
  • The main policy theories including the very latest insights from network theory and post-modernism
  • How national policy is influenced by globalization

The text is fully illustrated throughout with a broad range of national and international case studies on subjects such as the banking crisis, the creation of unitary authorities and global environmental policy and regulation.

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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Case Studies in Policy… Questions that Need Answers 3. Policy Makers and Institutions 4. Stages within the Policy Process 5. Theories of the Policy Development 6. Policy Development Theories post 1980 7. How Ideology sets the Boundaries of Policy Development 8. The Politics of Public Policy 9. Techniques for Policy Formation 10. Implementation 11. Inter and Intra-Governmental Relations 12. Sustaining and Undermining Policy 13. Evaluating Policy and Policy Making in Practice

About the Author

Dr J.A Chandler is professor of local governance in the Faculty of Organisation and Management at Sheffield Hallam University. He has published extensively in the field of public policy and administration with a particular emphasis on local governance. Books include:-

Public Policy towards Local Government, 1988, London, Croom Helm.

Local Government Today, editions of 1991, 1996, 2002, 2009, Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Local Government in Liberal Democracies, (ed.) London, Routledge, 1993. (also translated into Slovak edition)

Comparative Public Administration, (ed.) London, Routledge, 2000. (also translated into Greek edition)

Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain 1800-2005, 2007, Manchester, Manchester University Press

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