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The Art of Policymaking

The Art of Policymaking
Tools, Techniques, and Processes in the Modern Executive Branch

Third Edition

312 pages | CQ Press
The Art of Policymaking is the only book designed to provide students and practitioners with a detailed explanation of the specific tools, techniques, and processes used to create policy in the U.S., as well as the tools they need to understand them. The book includes practical advice on how to write memos, prepare polling questions, and navigate the clearance process. Case studies show how actual policies were developed and how and why policies and processes differed across administrations. And scenarios allow students to practice the tools and techniques they have learned by working through both domestic and foreign policy situations. Written by two experts in the field with experience in both academia and government, The Art of Policymaking is the perfect how-to guide for students and professionals.
Chapter 1: Why the Policymaking Process Matters
Chapter 2: The White House Policy Councils
Chapter 3: The White House Staff
Chapter 4: Agencies and Policy Implementation
Chapter 5: Policy Management
Chapter 6: Policymaking Memoranda
Chapter 7: Policy Implementation Tools
Chapter 8: The State of the Union and the Budget Process
Chapter 9: Legislative Clearance and Coordination: SAPs, LRMs, and Other Policy Acronyms
Chapter 10: Polling and the Policymaking Process
Chapter 11: Communicating and Marketing Policy
Chapter 12: Social Policymaking: Welfare Reform During the Clinton Administration
Chapter 13: Economic Policymaking I: The Clinton Economic Plan
Chapter 14: Economic Policymaking II: The Simpson-Bowles Commission Under President Obama
Chapter 15: Security Policymaking I: Desert Shield and Desert Storm Under George H. W. Bush
Chapter 16: Security Policymaking II: The Surge and Iraq War Under George W. Bush
Chapter 17: Congress and the Executive Branch: Yemen Policy during the Trump and Biden Administrations
Chapter 18: Practice Scenarios

George Shambaugh

Dr. George E. Shambaugh, IV is Professor of International Affairs and Government at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program, and former chairman of the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. and M. Phil. in Political Science, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, as well as a B.A. in Government and Physics from Oberlin College. His research focuses on international political economy, international politics, foreign policy, and the environment. Dr. Shambaugh is the author of Oracles, Heroes or Villains: Economic... More About Author

Paul J. Weinstein Jr.

Paul J. Weinstein, Jr. is the Cofounder and Director of the Graduate Program in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University. He also directs the schools Masters program in Nonprofit Management. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. A veteran of two presidential administrations, he was senior adviser to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), which President Obama created to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Weinstein formerly served as special assistant to the president and chief of staff... More About Author