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.
The art of policymaking is the art of leading people and managing problems by using a process that enables the president and other key government officials to make and implement the best possible decisions for the nation. When used effectively, the tools, techniques, and processes of policymaking enhance the president’s ability—and the ability of those he charges with the responsibility to act—to lead the policymaking process. The tools, techniques, and processes also help the president manage policymaking by providing staffing functions, by coordinating the agencies and departments within the Executive Office of the President, by designating accountability, and by monitoring policy implementation and execution. We argue, in particular, that the policymaking process operates best when the authority, responsibility, and accountability for ...