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American Public Policy by B. Guy Peters
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May 17, 2011

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This book has gone through many editions; this is one of the earlier versions. A pretty standard text in public policy. Not the most felicitously written volume. But it does cover the waterfron pretty well. I used this as a textbook before and it worked fairly well. Not the best, but better than other volumes that I have used. The book examines several issues--(1) What is public policy?; (2) How is public policy made?; (3) What are the outlines of basic policy issues (e.g., tax policy, educational policy, energy and the environment)?; (4) What are basic tools of policy analysis?

Overall, a good solid volume.


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