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Theories of the Policy Process

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Theories of the Policy Process provides a forum for the proponents of several of the most promising and widely used theoretical frameworks to present the basic propositions of their frameworks, to assess the empirical evidence that has developed, and to discuss promising directions for future research. The first edition contained analyses of Institutional Rational Choice ( ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 352 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Westview Press (first published September 9th 1999)
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Steven Peterson
May 26, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an important resource for those wanting a detailed sense of key perspectives on the policy process. Multiple streams, Punctuated equilibrium, Large N studies, Advocacy colaition framework, etc. Each chapter explores a different approach to explaining policy. While a second edition updates this work, this still stands as a fine resource.
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Nov 22, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
This edited work is now in its second edition. In that, it has updated its summary of theories to cover new approaches and deleted a couple chapters from the first edition that are no longer as useful for the analyst and student of public policy.

Interested in how an evolutionary theory of change among species, punctuated equilibrium, has any relevance for our understanding of policy? Then read the chapter by True, Baumgartner and Jones. What about the impact of chance and contingency on what is
Jan 29, 2012 Brett rated it liked it
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This text was the centerpiece of my Public Policy class in my grad program, and I suppose that most people encountering it are also seeing it in the context of a classroom. It is somewhat overwhelming to someone coming to many of these concepts for the first time, and some essays in the volume are superior to others.

Nonetheless, as I became more familiar with the material, I found I could look back at these essays and get more out of them. Since this is intended as something of an introductory t
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Reading for school. Three books for four weeks of class. Yay, summer school!
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“legislatures at different levels of government, researchers, journalists, and judges involved in one or more aspects of the process. Each of these actors (either individual or corporate) has potentially different values/interests, perceptions of the situation, and policy preferences.
2. This process usually involves time spans of a decade or more, as that is the minimum duration of most policy cycles, from emergence of a problem through sufficient experience with implementation to render a reasonably fair evaluation of a program's impact (Kirst and Jung 1982; Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith 1993). A number of studies suggest that periods of twenty to forty years may be required to obtain a reasonable”
“domain, such as air pollution control or health policy, there are normally dozens of different programs involving multiple levels of government that are operating, or are being proposed for operation, in any given locale, such as the state of California or the city
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