Includes many new case studies (called Policy and Practice Boxes). The data and scholarship has been thoroughly revised throughout. Major revisions to Chapter 8 include new sections on Authentic Leadership and the Lean Six Sigma management model.

Urban Policymaking

Chapter 4 Urban Policymaking

We expect local elected and appointed officials to make, implement, and evaluate urban policy. In this chapter, we first provide a general overview of the public policy process, beginning with the observation that policymaking in the public sector tends to be democratic in nature and thus is typified by bargaining and compromise. This tendency has the effect of lessening the “rationality” (defined in the corporate sector as efficiency) of the process, but it enhances participation and input into the policy process (bringing accountability and responsiveness). Next, we examine three ways to look at public policy: as a generally stable, orderly process comprised of sequential steps or stages; as a disorderly, largely reactive process; and as a trifurcated process ...

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