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.

Security Policymaking I: Desert Shield and Desert Storm Under George H. W. Bush

Security Policymaking I: Desert Shield and Desert Storm Under George H. W. Bush

Security Crises and the Political Process

In the previous chapters, we showed that centralizing authority, responsibility, and accountability for a particular policy in a policy council can enhance policy process legitimacy. It proved to be a turning point for welfare reform and a primary reason for the success of the NEC. At the same time, however, it is important to recognize that centralizing the process does not guarantee that it will be considered legitimate unless all stakeholders believe that the policymaking process provides an effective means of voicing their views to the president or those responsible for its development. During ...

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