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Public Policy
A Concise Introduction

Second Edition


March 2022 | 362 pages | CQ Press
Public Policy: A Concise Introduction is a student-friendly textbook that quickly connects readers to the inner workings of public policy. The text condenses early chapters on theory and the policy-making process, allowing students to take up key policy challenges – such as immigration, education, and healthcare - much earlier in the semester. Not every student starts out engaged in public policy, so place your students – both majors and non-majors alike – in the driver’s seat by fostering their analytical skills early and spend the rest of the semester discussing policy issues, examining data, and debating current policy examples that matter most to them.

The Second Edition has been updated to include how we can collectively use public policy to raise individuals from the margins and address inequities that exist in our system. Recent policy questions include: "How do we shape our country's health care system?", "How do we address increases in costs of tuition?", and "Did the COVID-19 pandemic positively or negatively shape our public education system?"
 
SECTION I: DEFINING U.S. PUBLIC POLICYMAKING
 
CHAPTER 1 The Foundation
 
CHAPTER 2 The Policy Process and Policy Theories
 
SECTION II: THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
CHAPTER 3 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
 
CHAPTER 4 Rulemaking and Regulations
 
SECTION III: UNDERSTANDING KEY PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
 
CHAPTER 5 Economic Policy and Government Budgeting
 
CHAPTER 6 Crime and Public Policy
 
CHAPTER 7 Education Policy
 
CHAPTER 8 Civil Rights and Immigration Policy
 
CHAPTER 9 Social Welfare and Health Care Policy
 
CHAPTER 10 Environmental and Energy Policy

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