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Public Policy
Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Fifth Edition

With the right information we can develop public policies that work better.

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December 2014 | 568 pages | CQ Press
With the right information we can develop public policies that work better.

All too often, public policy textbooks offer a basic grounding in the policy process without the benefit of integrating the use of policy analysis. Since the first edition of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, Michael Kraft and Scott Furlong have taken a different tack. They want students to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives—not only to question the assumptions of policy analysts, but also to recognize how analysis is used in support of political arguments. To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the federal deficit to health care reform to climate change, the authors introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy. 

The authors begin the fifth edition of Public Policy with a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models. Then, they discuss the nature of policy analysis and its practice and show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. The text arms students with the analytic tools they need to understand the motivations of policy actors—both within and outside of government—and to influence a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.
 
PART I: THE STUDY OF PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 1: PUBLIC POLICY AND POLITICS
What Is Public Policy?  
Defining Basic Concepts  
Why Study Public Policy?  
The Contexts of Public Policy  
The Reasons for Government Involvement  
The Practice of Policy Analysis  
 
Chapter 2: GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND POLICY ACTORS
Growth of Government  
Government Institutions and Policy Capacity  
Federalism  
Separation of Powers  
Informal Policy Actors and Policy Capacity  
Improving Policy Capacity  
 
Chapter 3: UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC POLICYMAKING
Theories of Politics and Public Policy  
The Policy Process Model  
Instruments of Public Policy  
Policy Typologies  
 
Part II: ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 4: POLICY ANALYSIS: AN INTRODUCTION
The Nature of Policy Analysis  
Steps in the Policy Analysis Process  
Types of Policy Analysis  
What Kind of Analysis Is Needed?  
 
Chapter 5: PUBLIC PROBLEMS AND POLICY ALTERNATIVES
Problem Analysis  
How to Find Information  
Constructing Alternatives  
Thinking Creatively about Policy Action  
 
Chapter 6: ASSESSING POLICY ALTERNATIVES
Evaluative Criteria for Judging Policy Proposals  
Using the Methods of Policy Analysis  
Economic Approaches  
Decision Making and Impacts  
Political and Institutional Approaches  
Ethical Analysis  
 
PART III: ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES IN PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 7: ECONOMIC AND BUDGETARY POLICY
Background  
Goals of Economic Policy  
Tools of Economic Policy  
The Budget Process and Its Effect on Economic Policy  
Economic Policy: Successes and Failures  
Economic Issues and Challenges  
Focused Discussion: How to Address the Budgetary Shortfall  
 
Chapter 8: HEALTH CARE POLICY
Background  
Major Government Health Care Programs  
Other Health Care Policy Issues  
Rising Health Care Costs  
Managed Care Organizations  
Reducing Health Care Costs  
Quality of Care  
Focused Discussion: Should There Be Greater Emphasis on Preventive Health Care?  
 
Chapter 9: WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY
Background  
Social Security  
Welfare  
 
Chapter 10: EDUCATION POLICY
Background  
Problems Facing Education  
Education Policy Reforms  
Higher Education Issues  
Focused Discussion: Higher Education Affordability, Cost, and Value  
 
Chapter 11: ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY POLICY
Background  
The Evolution of Environmental and Energy Policy  
From Consensus to Conflict in Environmental Policy  
Major Federal Environmental Policies  
Energy Policy  
Focused Discussion: Climate Change and Energy Policy Alternatives  
 
Chapter 12: FOREIGN POLICY AND HOMELAND SECURITY
Background and Policy Evolution  
Selected Issues in Homeland Security  
Focused Discussion: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism  
 
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
 
Chapter 13: POLITICS, ANALYSIS, AND POLICY CHOICE
Policy Analysis, Citizen Participation, and Change  
Public Policies and Their Impacts  
Policy Analysis and Policy Choices  
Citizen Participation in Decision Making  

Supplements

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for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features elements such as:
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • An online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives that reinforce the most important material
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics
Instructor's Resources

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Multimedia content includes videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Instructor Manual which summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content
  • Lively and stimulating assignments and exercises that can be used in-class or online teaching to reinforce active learning and key features from the text. The activities apply to individual or group projects
  • A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, is available in PowerPoint, pdf, and JPEG formats for class presentations
  • A transition guide provides a chapter-by-chapter outline of key changes to the fifth edition
  • A common course cartridge includes all of the instructor resources and assessment material from the student study site, making it easy for instructors to upload and use these materials in learning management systems such as Blackboard™, Angel®, Moodle™, Canvas, and Desire2Learn™

 “I have used other books, but Kraft and Furlong’s Public Policy is appealing because it’s broad enough to satisfy students’ curiosities in different policy areas, yet specific enough to home on key issues, controversies, and topics.”

Marcus D. Mauldin
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The book never arrived to my work address, please resend to my home address:

2648 Tilden Ave
LA,CA 90064

Professor Maria Montero
Political Science Dept, Cal St Univ-Dominguez Hills
August 17, 2016

Enriching this field for our management students. Useful as well for Law students

Dr Tareq Alhousary
Management Information Systems, Dhofar University
February 29, 2016

Very much focused on the US - seeking texts which focus on policy making in the UK

Mr Peter Shanks
School of the Built Environment, Ulster University
February 24, 2015

This is a very illustrative book. It contains many methodological warnings and analysis instructions. This "Public Policy" (5th ed.) covers a large range of topics, like the sustainable development, the income inequality and the mainstream issues. Other strengths are located in the updated references and examples. Finally, some chapters (like Ch.4) are very useful for Master and PhD Classes of Economics, o Political Sciences, or of Public Management.

Dr Paulo Mourao
School of Economics & Management, University of Minho
February 21, 2015

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