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.

Economic Policymaking I: The Clinton Economic Plan

Economic Policymaking I: The Clinton Economic Plan

The Economic Plan and the Political Process

“It’s the economy!” was the mantra of President Clinton and his staff during the 1992 campaign. That slogan helped him win the election by directing public attention toward economic and domestic concerns—including an economic recession, historically high levels of people on welfare rolls, a growing number of Americans with no health insurance—and away from military and international issues where President George H. W. Bush had his greatest successes. Once in office, President Clinton made passage of his economic plan a top priority and fulfilled a campaign promise in creating a National Economic Council (NEC) to parallel the National Security Council (NSC) in importance and in ...

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