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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Public Policy

A New Introduction

ISBN 9780230278387
Publication Date June 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In this major new text, Christoph Knill and Jale Tosun provide an engaging introduction to the theory and practice of public policy analysis and to the changing nature of the policy process.

The book examines the key approaches and methods of public policy analysis and shows how these can inform public policy choices. It assesses the way various actors, interests and institutions affect each stage of the policy process – including agenda-setting, decision-making and implementation. The authors go on to explore core themes such as policy change over time and policy variation across countries and sectors. Diverse real-world examples – from alcohol control in Russia to environmental policy in Mexico – are included throughout to illustrate the international and multilevel dimensions of public policy.

CHRISTOPH KNILL Chair of Comparative Public Policy and Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
JALE TOSUN Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Introduction.The Nature of Public Policies
The Context for Policy Making: Central Institutions and Actors
Theoretical Approaches to Policy Making
Problem Definition and Agenda Setting
Decision Making
Governance: A Synoptic Perspective On Policy Making
Public Policies Beyond the Nation-State
Policy Change and Policy Convergence
Conclusions: Future Challenges for Public Policy Analysis.


Christoph Knill and Jale Tosun have written an excellent primer for public policy analysis that also displays a keen appreciation of how policy problems are handled differently across countries. This will become a standard text.' – Robert Henry Cox, University of Oklahoma, USA
'Addressing fundamental issues in policy analysis as well as the process of making policies, this extremely thorough and useful text is an excellent introduction for students from which professionals in the field can learn a good deal as well.' - B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, USA
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