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Understanding Public Policy: Pearson New International Edition

Understanding Public Policy: Pearson New International Edition

14th Edition

Thomas Dye

Nov 2013, Paperback, 356 pages
ISBN13: 9781292026923
ISBN10: 1292026928
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The gold-standard for introductory public policy texts, Understanding Public Policy is designed to provide students with concrete tools for both understanding and analyzing public policy.

The new fourteenth edition of Understanding Public Policy focuses on the policy challenges confronting the Obama administration. This edition provides students with a close up look at the American healthcare system, current economic policies, issues of homeland security and defense policy among many other current event and issues shaping public policy today.

Teaching & Learning Experience

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  • Improve Skill Development and Application– Pedagogical features including visual representations of concepts and theories give students an alternative means of understanding course content.
  • Engage Students– With a new four-color design, streamlined and updated coverage, and a vibrant new photo program, this edition engages students from the first page. Focusing on current events that students are experiencing in their everyday lives, this book challenges them to analyze the impact and results of policy-making in today’s world.
  • ExploreExamples of Contemporary Public Policy- With special attention paid to the current economic state of our country and the Obama Administration’s recent impact on policy, students are presented with examples of the current events happening around them through the lens of public policy theories.
  • Emphasize Learning Outcomes — Clearly defined Learning Objectives for each chapter are provided in the MySearchLab. Additionally, students are provided with end-of-chapter summaries to assist with exam preparation and assignments.
  • Understand Theory and Research — Additional websites for further research and understanding have been included in the end-of-chapter material giving students a place to go for papers and assignments. The MySearchLab offers step-by-step tutorials offering overviews of the entire writing and research process, as well as quizzes for students to test and evaluate their understanding of course content.
  • Support Instructors– A strong supplements package includes MySearchLab for student studying, complete with chapter learning objectives, multiple choice quizzes, flashcards, and videos. Instructors also have access to an Instructor’s Manual and Testbank, as well as PowerPoint slides.

1: Policy Analysis: What Governments Do, Why They Do It, and What Difference it Makes

2: Models of Politics: Some Help in Thinking About Public Policy

3: The Policymaking Process: Decision-Making Activities

4: Policy Evaluation: Finding Out What Happens After a Law Is Passed

5: Federalism and State Policies: Institutional Arrangements and Policy Variations

6: Criminal Justice: Rationality and Irrationality in Public Policy

7: Welfare: The Search for Rational Strategies

8: Health Care: Attempting A Rational-Comprehensive Transformation

9: Education: Group Struggles

10: Economic Policy: Challenging Incrementalism

11: Tax Policy: Battling the Special Interests

12: International Trade and Immigration: Elite-Mass Conflict

13: Energy and the Environment: Externalities and Interests

14: Civil Rights: Elite and Mass Interaction

15: Defense Policy: Strategies for Serious Games

16: Homeland Security: Terrorism and Nondeterrable Threats

  • Introduces students to the principal analytic models of political science, and uses these models to explain the cause and consequences of public policies in key areas. (ex. Ch. 2)
  • Gives special attention to the processes of policymaking as well as current policy issues in eleven substantive areas—Using the various analytic models, the text describes and explains public policy in such areas as criminal justice, health and welfare, education, economic policy, taxation, international trade and immigration, environmental protection, civil rights, federalism, national defense, and Homeland Security. This exposes students to public policy in a variety of key domestic policy areas and encourages them to utilize these conceptual models in political science to explain the causes and consequences of public policies in these areas. (ex. Ch. 6)
  • Provides clarity and balance in the description of public policies. This ensures that students fully understand the covered policies.
  • Includes up-to-date coverage that encourages students to consider the causes and consequences of recent policies. These include healthcare policies, the Obama Administration’s policy-making, the bailout of Wall Street, policies on immigration and homeland security and many more.
  • Approaches politics as conflict: the struggle for power. Politics is never dull, and this textbook reflects this with an engaging writing style and a coverage of controversial issues that is both direct and fair.
  • Includes a new four color design, complete with a completely re-vamped photo program that provides students with engaging, visual representation of the concepts and ideas they read about throughout the text.