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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding Public Policy

Theories and Issues

ISBN 9780230229709
Publication Date October 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A major new introduction to theories of public policy. The author provides an accessible assessment of a wide range of theories and models from policy cycles, policy transfer, rational choice and socio-economic explanations to multi-level governance, advocacy coalitions and punctuated equilibrium and of their value to policy analysis.

  • Winner of the Richard Rose Prize

PAUL CAIRNEY is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK.

Introduction: Theories and Issues
What is Public Policy? How Should We Study It?
Power and Public Policy
Institutions and 'New Institutionalism'
Rationality and Incrementalism
Structural Explanations
Rational Choice Theory
Multi-Level Governance
Punctuated Equilibrium
The Advocacy Coalition Framework
The Role of Ideas
Policy Transfer


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