The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Author: Robert E. Goodin
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199269289
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Political Science

This is part of a ten volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. This work explores the business end of politics, where theory meets practice in the pursuit of public good

Energy Policy Making in the EU

Author: Jale Tosun
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781447166450
Release Date: 2015-01-05
Genre: Business & Economics

The book adopts an innovative analytical approach to agenda setting by not only presenting successful cases in which energy issues were addressed by means of public policy, but by also analyzing failed attempts to make issues part of the European policy agenda. Another outstanding feature of the book is its use of the latest empirical data on a broad range of energy issues. When are energy issues likely to find their way to the agenda of European policymakers? This is the key research question guiding this collection of empirical studies, which will shed light on both successful and unsuccessful attempts to include energy issues in the European agenda. The multi-level political system of the European Union represents a particularly fruitful setting for addressing this question due to the multiple institutional access points it provides for different groups of actors. The book has three key benefits. First, it provides a theory-informed analysis of agenda setting processes in general and in the European Union in particular. Second, it presents an overview of the most important and emerging dimensions on European energy policy, and third, it helps to develop a research agenda for future research in the field.

Public Policy in Israel

Author: David Nachmias
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135270629
Release Date: 2016-02-17
Genre: Political Science

An examination of the current Israeli government, covering public policies such as health, housing and transport. The volume covers the institutional as well as the political and the bureaucratic framework within which public policies have been made and implemented.

Designing Public Policies

Author: Michael Howlett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351866750
Release Date: 2019-01-22
Genre: Political Science

The second edition of this highly regarded book provides a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. It examines in detail the range of substantive and procedural policy instruments that together comprise the toolbox from which governments choose tools to resolve policy problems and the principles and practices that lead to their use. Guiding readers through the study of the many different kinds of instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering, their environments, this book: Discusses current trends in instrument use linked to factors such as globalization and the increasingly networked, digital and collaborative nature of modern society; Considers the principles and practices behind the selection and use of specific types of instruments in contemporary government and the future research agenda of policy design studies and practices; Evaluates in detail the merits, demerits and rationales for the use of specific organization, regulatory, financial and information-based tools and the trends visible in their use including recent efforts to develop and deploy new tools such as nudges and choice architectures, co-production and crowd-sourcing; Addresses the issues surrounding not only individual tools but also concerning the evolution and development of instrument mixes, their relationship to policy styles and the challenges involved in their (re)design. Providing a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance and featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading, this book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management.

The Political Uses of Expert Knowledge

Author: Christina Boswell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139477617
Release Date: 2009-05-28
Genre: Political Science

Why do politicians and civil servants commission research and what use do they make of it in policymaking? The received wisdom is that research contributes to improving government policy. Christina Boswell challenges this view, arguing that policymakers are just as likely to value expert knowledge for two alternative reasons: as a way of lending authority to their preferences; or to signal their capacity to make sound decisions. Boswell develops a compelling new theory of the role of knowledge in policy, showing how policymakers use research to establish authority in contentious and risky areas of policy. She illustrates her argument with an analysis of European immigration policies, charting the ways in which expertise becomes a resource for lending credibility to controversial claims, underpinning high-risk decisions or bolstering the credibility of government agencies.

Public Policymaking

Author: James E. Anderson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division
ISBN: UVA:X004661773
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Political Science

Praised for clear, concise writing, this text presents a process-oriented approach within a logical framework for a better understanding of each stage of policymaking. This approach exhibits policymaking as a sequence of functional activities, beginning with the identification of a problem and agenda setting and concluding with evaluation, revision, or termination of a policy. Chapter 5 focuses more on budgeting strategy rather than the technical process, and Chapter 6 includes coverage of administrative agencies that play a role in public policy.Thoroughly updated examples throughout include recent events such as the 2000 election, the Bush administration, and policy responses to September 11.Each chapter includes at least one case study.

Comparative Public Policy in Latin America

Author: Jordi Diez
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442663626
Release Date: 2012-11-23
Genre: Political Science

This pioneering collection offers a comprehensive investigation into how to study public policy in Latin America. While this region exhibits many similarities with the North American and European countries that have traditionally served as sources for generating public policy knowledge, Latin American countries are also different in many fundamental ways. As such, existing policy concepts and frameworks may not always be the most effective tools of analysis for this unique region. To fill this gap, Comparative Public Policy in Latin America offers guidelines for refining current theories to suit Latin America’s contemporary institutional and socio-economic realities. The contributors accomplish this task by identifying the features of the region that shape public policy, including informal norms and practices, social inequality, and weak institutions. This book promises to become the definitive work on contemporary public policy in Latin America, essential for those who study the area as well as comparative public policy more broadly.

Environment and Planning

ISBN: UOM:39015047806768
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Electronic journals

Publishes interdisciplinary research on issues of Government and Policy with an international perspective. Committed to a broad range of policy questions, not just those related to government and public policy. Topics covered include nonstate agents, private-public collaboration, and NGOs (nongovernmental organisations). All areas of economic, social and environmental institutions, and policy are included. Disciplines from which papers are derived include political science, planning, geography, economics, law, sociology, and public administration.

Does Local Government Matter

Author: Elaine B. Sharp
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816677085
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Political Science

Asks and answers hard questions about the consequences of local government programs for democracy