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Public Policy
Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Fifth Edition
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November 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

 

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 “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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Michael E. Kraft

Michael E. Kraft is a professor of political science and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of Environmental Policy and Politics, 7th ed. (2018), and coauthor of Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance (2011, winner of the Lynton K. Caldwell award for best book on environmental politics and policy that year) and of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 7th ed. (2021). In addition, he is coeditor of both the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Policy (2013) and Business and Environmental Policy (2007) with... More About Author

Scott R. Furlong

Scott R. Furlong is Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Oswego as of July 2017, after serving ten years as dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. His areas of expertise are regulatory policy and interest group participation in the executive branch, and he has taught public policy for over twenty years. He is the author or coauthor of numerous book chapters and coauthor of Rulemaking: How Government Agencies Write Laws and Make Policy, 5th ed. (2019), with Cornelius M. Kerwin. His articles have appeared in... More About Author

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