Making Public Policy. Institutions, Actors, Strategies

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  • Book
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Mark Considine′s new book explores the nature of public policy–making in a world undergoing cataclysmic change. Running through the text is the core assertion that policy–making can best be seen as a form of intervention into specific social and cultural contexts, and not as an engineered solution to universal problems.

The book provides a comprehensive and up–to–date introduction to key issues and contemporary debates in public policy. The author draws on a wide range of examples from around the world to develop a framework for understanding the way social contexts, policy histories and institutional pathways generate opportunities. Separate chapters focus on public action, context, discourse, institutional pathways, networks, organizations, governance, citizen engagement and accountability.

Clearly–written and compelling, this will be essential reading for upper–level undergraduate students taking courses in public policy, social policy, environmental studies, health studies, European studies and development.

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Chapter one – Policy Interventions.

Chapter two – Analysing Actors: Bill, Bruno and Anna.

Chapter three – Analysing the Policy Context.

Chapter four – Analysing Policy Values.

Chapter five – Analysing Policy Institutions: Courts, Bureaucracies and Budgets.

Chapter six – Policy Interventions and Networks.

Chapter seven – Policy Interventions and Organisations.

Chapter eight – Policy Interventions and Governance.

Chapter nine – Policy Interventions and Citizen Engagement.

Chapter ten – Policy Interventions and Accountability.

Chapter eleven – Conclusions: Understanding Interactions, Devising Interventions.



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Mark Considine has written an important contribution to the literature on public policy that will be useful to academics and practitioners alike. He demonstrates the importance of the policy process and provides insights into policy–making that extend our understanding of both politics and policy.

Professor B. Guy Peters, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Original and readable, Making Public Policy is a carefully constructed and cohesive argument for intelligent and theoretically informed policy analysis.

Dr Mike Smith, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham

′Analytically...this is a rich, challenging and intellectually stimulating contribution to the burgeoning literature on making public policy.′Public Administration

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