An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, by Thomas A Birkland

By Thomas A Birkland

The fourth variation of this widely-used textual content relates concept to perform within the public coverage technique. In a transparent, conversational type, writer Tom Birkland conveys the simplest present pondering at the coverage approach with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis. This new version has been reorganized to higher clarify the position of coverage research within the coverage method.

New to this edition:

• a brand new part at the function of coverage research and coverage analysts within the coverage process.

• A revised and up-to-date bankruptcy surveying the social, monetary, and demographic traits which are reworking the coverage environment.

• totally up-to-date references to aid the complex reader find an important theoretical literature in coverage procedure studies.

• New illustrations and a better format to elucidate key principles and stimulate lecture room discussion.

The ebook makes beneficiant use of visible aids and examples that hyperlink coverage conception to the concrete event of practitioners. It contains chapter-at-a-glance outlines, definitions of key phrases, provocative evaluate questions, advised analyzing, and on-line fabrics for professors and students.

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This chapter focuses on this policy-making environment and describes the social, political, and economic system in which public policy making takes place. The political process relates to its environment much as a plant or animal does: it is both influenced by and influences its environment. One must be careful with this analogy, however; the boundary between the political system and its environment is blurry, as the system and the environment overlap. The strength of the systems approach is its value in helping us isolate important things worthy of study.

6â•… Proportion of Population by Select Ethnic or Racial Group 20% eLements of the of s ystem eLements of 18% 16% 14% 12% 10% 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% 2000 2005 2010 2015 Source: Derived from the Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2009, Tables 6 and 11. Gender and Labor Force Participation The gender distribution of the nation’s population has remained relatively stable for the last fifty years, with slightly more women than men in the population, primarily because of the long life expectancy for women.

Why would people propose policies that they may know won’t work well? How do we measure whether a policy is “good” or not? Consider these questions—and the logic behind these questions—as you read this book. Summary This chapter has provided an overview of the endeavor on which you are about to embark: the study of public policy. We learned that the study of public policy is rooted in the study of politics, which is an ancient field of study. But we also learned that the study of public policy, as we generally define it, is a recent innovation.

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