- Paperback: 581 pages
- Publisher: CQ Press; 9 edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452218714
- ISBN-13: 978-1452218717
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively in the areas of public administration and public policy, both for the United States and comparatively. Among his recent publications are the Handbook of Public Administration and The Quest for Control: Politicization of the Public Service.
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The b ook is organized sensibly. The first part explores what we mean by public policy, the key structures that affect policymaking in the U.S. (e.g., federalism and separation of powers), and models of policy-making.
Part Two? The making of public policy is the focus. Stages of the policy process are considered--as well as budgeting. The section has separate chapters on agenda setting, legitimating policy choices, implementation, budgeting, and program evaluation and change.
Part Three is valuable, as it examines different substantive policy issues, including, among others, economic policy, tax policy, health policy, and energy and the environment.
There are nice features to this book, including an interesting consideration of policy ethics, with a problem about whom one might wish to save from death, while allowing others to die.
A fine textbook. . . .
If you must purchase this book for a class, try to get the professor to give you an outline of what they are looking for you to get out of it. If you are buying this for self study or improvement, find a different text. This isn't worth the paper it's printed on.