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Understanding Public Policy

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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

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Hardcover, 12th Edition, 368 pages
Published January 13th 2007 by Prentice Hall (first published 1969)
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Nargiz
Feb 04, 2014 Nargiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be much more accurate if the book was called "Understanding Public Policy in the USA". When I saw it first, I expected to find cases about public policy issues from all around the world. Instead the author suggest specific focus on the US government policy.

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
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Andrew R. Keating
Aug 12, 2016 Andrew R. Keating rated it liked it
Three Factors upon Which Deterrence Depends: A Review of Thomas Dye's Understanding Public Policy
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
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Joe Cole
Feb 10, 2017 Joe Cole rated it it was amazing
That jargon defeats the purpose of clarity for students. I appreciate the straight shooter writing style that is clear and easy to understand. Indeed I used at as a standard refernce book in formulating my views on a range of topics even though I am an Australian looking at an American academic text book.
Steven Peterson
Jan 30, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
Thomas Dye is a well known and respected political scdientist. In this volume, he discusses a variety of approaches to understanding public policy. In essence, he outlines a series of "models" of how the process works. His writing is not the most felicitous, but it is functional.

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
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Josh Liller
This was the textbook for my "Issues in American Politics" university class. My professor, who by her own admission has a liberal bias (I agree), feels the author has a conservative bias (I also agree). She uses this book partly because of the contrasting viewpoint to her own, but also because she feels there simply isn't anything better available.

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
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Paulatics
Oct 30, 2013 Paulatics rated it liked it
I use this as a text in my Intro to Public Policy course. The book is in its 14th edition, so Professor Dye's framework is the gold standard. It provides an excellent basis for class discussions by explaining the academic models of public policy. After lobbying for 20 years, I then proceed to teach my students how public policy is REALLY made.
Leif
Jan 16, 2016 Leif rated it liked it
Would have been more helpful if I was more concerned about America as the sole example for policy examples, or if I was more inclined to liberal/conservative normativism. Clearly structured and the opening chapters are very accessible, in particular.
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