American Public Policy: Promise and Performance by B. Guy Peters

By B. Guy Peters

Vital additions to this 10th version comprise increased discussions of coverage tools, the demanding situations for public policymakers awarded by means of the ongoing gridlock in Washington, the cheap Care Act, larger schooling investment, reproductive rights, and homosexual rights. New assurance of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana retains scholars modern with fresh coverage debates and matters. New to this version: *The 10th version contains extended and up to date discussions of *policy tools; *gridlock in Washington and the demanding situations for public coverage makers; *continuing responses to the 2008 fiscal main issue; *the cheap Care Act; *higher schooling investment and the scholar debt challenge; *reproductive rights; and *gay rights. *New to the amount is a evaluation of fracking controversies and attendant adjustments in power guidelines, problems with race and racial profiling in legislations enforcement coverage, and the legalization of marijuana. *Updated tables and charts be sure scholars have entry to the most recent facts within the box and new photographs illustrate details.

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Chatham House, 1979). 26. S. : Government Printing Office, 1980). 33 PART TWO Making Public Policy 3. Agenda Setting and Public Policy This chapter discusses two aspects of the policymaking process that occur rather early in the sequence of decisions leading to the actual delivery of services to citizens but are nonetheless crucial to the success of the entire process. These two stages of policymaking-agenda setting and policy formulation-are important because they set the parameters for any additional consideration of the policy areas.

Government Printing Office, I972, I977, I982). 9· Richard A. Goldwin, Bureaucrats: Policy Analysts, Statesmen: Who Leads? : American Enterprise Institute, I98o); and B. Guy Peters, "The Problem of Bureaucratic Government;' Journal of Politics 43, no. I (I98I): 56-82. IO. For a discussion of "rationalization" in contemporary policymaking, see Lawrence D. : Brookings Institution, I983). II. This corresponds to the idea that the United States has, not one government, but many. See Hugh Heclo, "Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment;' in The New American Political System, ed.

Energy policy and its relationship to the major oil companies would fit that category. Finally, policy areas with a great deal of interest-group organization and relatively high levels of group involvementof both clients and producers- might be best understood by means of the pluralist approach. Education might be a good example of the last kind of policy. Unfortunately, however, these are largely speculations, as the kind of detailed work necessary to track issues as they move on to and off of agendas has yet to be done.

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