Understanding Public Policy
For undergraduate-level courses in Public Policy.
Understanding Public Policy is not only an introduction to the study of public policy, but also an introduction to the models that political scientists use to describe and explain political life.
This leading introduction to public policy is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with concrete tool...more
The advantage of the book is that the author explain hard terms in a very simple language, so it is easy to read and comprehend. For example, public policy is defined as "whatever governments choose to do or not to do". The subjects a ...more
The strategies of most criminal justice policies revolve around the prevention of crime. There are three factors upon which the effectiveness of this prevention depends: certainty, swiftness, and severity. Criminal justice policy creation focuses largely on disincentives, namely on the certainty of a punishment after a crime is committed, the swiftness with which that punishment will follow the crim ...more
Its key distinguishing figure is the contention that we need to be aware of different "models" of politics as these inform our understanding of public policy. Models are simplifications of reality to highlight certain ke ...more
Dye's conservative bias doesn't seem too severe and only seemed particularly noticeable to me on a few issues. It's certainly not FOX News. Some of th ...more