- Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
- Publication Year: 2012 |
- Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446263099 |
- Print ISBN: 9781446201527 |
- Online ISBN: 9781446263099 |
- Series: SAGE Library of the Public Sector |
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- Subject: Public Policy, Public Policy (general)
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The study of public policy has a long history. It is rooted in the study of politics and of public administration as having developed from the former into a discipline of its own.
This collection focuses on the scholarly analysis of public policy, drawing on the various originating threads. It includes work that is prescriptive in character in that it contributes to a deeper understanding of the policy process in the public sector. The collection is mindful of the way in which new ways of cutting up the subject have emerged, including studies with a focus on how policy and studies concerned with public management.
Volume One: Public Policy in Perspective
Volume Two: Towards Public Policy
Volume Three: Public Policy in Action
Volume Four: Public Policy in Progress
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[Page xxi]Editors' Introduction — Analysis in Action: The Two Faces of Public Policyand1. Introduction
A term enabling the composition of a four volume-set about it must have many facets. Public policy has various dimensions. It is about expressing what are desired situations for the common good, and getting agreement about them. It is about realising goals; there are motorways to be constructed and schools to be built. Stakes may differ; with public policy there is always power involved. This chapter provides an introduction to the articles that will follow. It does so by addressing the question what ‘public policy’ stands for and how it has been studied. Rather than summarising the subsequent articles we sketch the origins of attention for public policy, and dadress ...