The Art of Policymaking: Tools, Techniques and Processes in the Modern Executive Branch, Second Edition is a practical introduction to the specific tools, techniques, and processes used to create policy in the executive branch of the U.S. government. George E. Shambaugh, IV and Paul Weinstein, Jr. explain how government officials develop policy, manage the policymaking process, and communicate those policies to stakeholders and the public at large. The authors draw on both their academic and government experience to provide real-world advice on writing policy decision memos, preparing polling questions, and navigating the clearance process. An abundance of case studies show how actual policies are developed and how and why policies and processes differ across administrations. Finally, practice scenarios allow students to apply the tools and techniques they have learned by working through both domestic and foreign policy situations.

Policy Implementation Tools

Policy Implementation Tools

Implementation Tools

Experts and stakeholders who are unfamiliar with the policymaking process often are disappointed when they provide groundbreaking insights, information, or data to the government but decision makers choose not to act upon it. Usually they blame politics, ideological differences, or bureaucratic inertia for the indifference. Certainly, each of these problems can and do occur. In some cases, however, the lack of progress is the result of something else: the failure of policymakers to turn their insights into real, usable policy. If experts and stakeholders want to maximize the likelihood that their ideas will be acted upon by government, they need to make sure they are not only talking to the right people at the right time, but also ...

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