Explaining Public Policy
Routledge – 2013 – 256 pages
This textbook explains the complexities of the policy-making process in a refreshingly clear way for students who are new to this subject. It explains:
The text is fully illustrated throughout with a broad range of national and international case studies on subjects such as the banking crisis, the creation of unitary authorities and global environmental policy and regulation.
Combining both a clear summary of debates and theories in public policy and a new and original approach to the subject, this book is essential reading for students of public policy and policy analysis.
1. Introduction 2. Case Studies in Policy… Questions that Need Answers 3. Policy Makers and Institutions 4. Stages within the Policy Process 5. Theories of the Policy Development 6. Policy Development Theories post 1980 7. How Ideology sets the Boundaries of Policy Development 8. The Politics of Public Policy 9. Techniques for Policy Formation 10. Implementation 11. Inter and Intra-Governmental Relations 12. Sustaining and Undermining Policy 13. Evaluating Policy and Policy Making in Practice
Dr J.A Chandler is professor of local governance in the Faculty of Organisation and Management at Sheffield Hallam University. He has published extensively in the field of public policy and administration with a particular emphasis on local governance. Books include:-
Public Policy towards Local Government, 1988, London, Croom Helm.
Local Government Today, editions of 1991, 1996, 2002, 2009, Manchester, Manchester University Press.
Local Government in Liberal Democracies, (ed.) London, Routledge, 1993. (also translated into Slovak edition)
Comparative Public Administration, (ed.) London, Routledge, 2000. (also translated into Greek edition)
Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain 1800-2005, 2007, Manchester, Manchester University Press