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 II: The Simpson-Bowles Commission Under President Obama

Economic Policymaking II: The Simpson-Bowles Commission Under President Obama

Introduction

On February 18, 2010, President Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a.k.a. “Simpson-Bowles Commission” (SB or “the Commission”), by executive order in response to growing bipartisan concerns over rising national debt and annual federal deficits.1 At the time, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported a budget deficit of 9.9 percent of GDP or $1.4 trillion, and a national debt of 53 percent of GDP or $7.5 trillion.2 Although CBO data show that total outlays and revenues returned to historic averages by 2014, government deficits had ballooned during the financial crisis of 2007–2008, and the CBO report in 2010 projected that they would remain ...

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