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Public Policy
A Concise Introduction

Second Edition

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?"
CHAPTER 1 The Foundation
CHAPTER 2 The Policy Process and Policy Theories
CHAPTER 3 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
CHAPTER 4 Rulemaking and Regulations
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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Sara R. Rinfret

Sara R. Rinfret is professor at the University of Montana, where she serves as an Associate Dean of Public Administration and Policy, and directs the Master of Public Administration Program within the School of Law’s Baucus Institute. Her main areas of research are environmental regulations and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level and the role of gender in the public policy classroom. To date, her work has been published in Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Review... More About Author

Denise L. Scheberle

Denise Scheberle is a clinical teaching professor for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado– Denver. She is Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay,where she served as the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor in Environmental Studies and professor and chair of the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is the recipient of national, state, and campus teaching awards, including the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Distinguished Teaching Award and University of Wisconsin Regents Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of Industrial Disastersand Environmental Policy: Stories... More About Author

Michelle C. Pautz

Michelle C. Pautz is professor of political science and assistant provost of the Common Academic Program at the University of Dayton. Her research has appeared in Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Journal of Political Science Education, Journal of Environmental Studies & Sciences, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Policy Studies Journal, PS: Political Science & Politics, Public Voices, and the Review of Policy Research, among others. She is the author of Civil Servants on the Silver Screen: Hollywood’s Depiction of Government and Bureaucrats; coauthor of The Lilliputians of Environmental... More About Author