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Public Policymaking: An Introduction
To explain the fundamentals of public policy, this best-selling text focuses on the process behind the crafting of legislation. By examining the individual steps--from identifying a problem, to agenda setting, to evaluation, revision, or termination of a policy--students are able to see how different factors influence the creation of policy. Each chapter features at least ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published July 22nd 2005 by Houghton Mifflin
(first published January 1st 1975)
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I enjoyed it cover to cover. Anderson speaks to the complexity and fragmentation of the policymaking process. My only criticism is that he doesn't let you forget that you are reading a text book -he's almost too technical. Some passages are redundant and some of his word choices awkward (i.e., he uses the word "orgy" in one sentence in a non-sexual sense). Overall, however, Anderson's treatment of the subject addressed not only most of my questions I had going into the book, but questions that a ...more
I have taught courses on public policy over time. Once upon a time, I used this edition (the book has gone through additional editions since). A nice standard textbook, one that worked well with students in my classes. I was quite happy with its discussion of the policy process. This edition is a bit dated, but more recent editions work just fine!