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Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136056522
ISBN-10: 0136056520
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“Public Policy Praxis is one of the best books on the market right now. It does an excellent job of covering various approaches to policy analysis, and it offers solid advice to students about how and when to use the different approaches.” –R. McGreggor Cawley, University of Wyoming

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“Public Policy Praxis is one of the best books on the market right now. It does an excellent job of covering various approaches to policy analysis, and it offers solid advice to students about how and when to use the different approaches.”

–R. McGreggor Cawley, University of Wyoming

Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis
Second Edition

Randy S. Clemons
Mark K. McBeth

This readable and conceptual approach to public policy balances theory and practice to provide students at all levels with a solid grounding in policy analysis. Authors Randall S. Clemons and Mark K. McBeth explore the impact of mixed methodologies on policy analysis and support their discussions with engaging teaching cases. Offering a balanced view of public policy, the text addresses the political basis of policy making and analysis and covers the limitations, practical problems, and ethical implications of different techniques and methodologies. Models and tools help students develop the analytical skills necessary for policy analysis, while thought-provoking boxes and anecdotes relate concepts to specific examples. In addition to new coverage throughout, this edition has been revised to be even more accessible to undergraduates without diminishing its value to graduate students.

New to the Second Edition

  • Political storytelling is introduced as a key component of the text.
  • A new case exploring the politics involved in placing a big-box chain store within a community highlights the conflict surrounding economic development projects.
  • The stakeholder mapping tool has been extended.
  • Chapter Eight is reorganized into five key positivist tools and includes new material on the use and misuse of Internet surveys.
  • An all-new Teaching Appendix offers students an opportunity to review key concepts and skills, including
    • story analysis
    • writing policy analysis
    • ethical decision-making
    • three streams theory
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136056520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136056522
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very helpful in my class. Now I learned about per capita, inflation, and most especially, I enjoyed these mini cases and case studies. I have much too learn and I know that I will enjoy this textbook. At the beginning of chapters 1 and 2 I have concluded that I would like to own this book. However, since I rented it, I was thinking that when I return it, I will have a look out for a use book then I will pay for it.
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When I opened my book it looked like someone had sent me a ripped off version from a copy machine. The pages were printed horrible! Not what you would expect for an 80 dollar book. I called Amazon to report this and they said they would accept it for a refund and stop selling the item until they could review it. They would not send me a replacement because it may have been another bad copy like others reported as well. The book is still for sale so I say avoid it. Do not pay 80 bucks for a book you cant even read!
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I've never seen something quite like this... Check my "User Image" up at the top of the page to see how terrible the text looks in this book.
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This is an outstanding book with great teaching cases and excellent writing. The books takes a democratic/political approach to policy analysis and is much more useful than the other policy analysis texts that were used in the class that I took. My book was in good condition, maybe the publisher had a batch of bad print runs or something (referring to the other review).
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I bought this book twice from Amazon for a class because I wanted to save money instead of buying from the University bookstore. But both times I received it, the book was BADLY printed. The text was faded and blurry in many pages. I returned it both times and I finally had to spend more money and buy a good copy from the University bookstore. I noticed that the book camed sealed when I ordered it from Amazon. I don't blame Amazon for the defect but they should and MUST inspect the books they receive from the publishing houses. I mean, no wonder Amazon had a cheaper price because it was a faulty print edition. AMAZON PLEASE check your inventory before you mail it out to your customers!!!
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Excellent condition
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