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 White House Staff

The White House Staff

Pressure, low pay, long hours, and the constant threat of a subpoena. Welcome to the White House.1

Working on the White House Staff

Stockbrokers on Wall Street claim they have the most challenging and high-pressure jobs in the world. Members of the White House staff are, however, likely to disagree. The following is a typical morning for a policymaker in the White House.

Your supervisor emerges from a dawn meeting with the president and tells you that the West Wing wants a proposal for a new college tuition scholarship in time for the president’s commencement address at his alma mater in two weeks. Your proposal will be limited to $2 billion in scarce taxpayer dollars, even though conservative estimates of ...

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