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The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Edited by Robert E. Goodin, Michael Moran and Martin Rein

Volume 1, issue Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548453.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy mines all the traditions of public policy. Public policy is the business end of political science. It is where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good. Political scientists approach public policy in myriad ways. Some approach the policy process descriptively, asking how the need for public intervention comes to be perceived, a policy response formulated, enacted, implemented, and, all too often, subverted, perverted, altered, or abandoned. Others approach public policy more prescriptively, offering politically-informed suggestions for how normatively valued goals can and should be pursued, either through particular policies or through alternative processes for making policy. Some offer their advice from the Olympian heights of detached academic observers, others as ‘engaged scholars’ cum advocates, while still others seek to instil more reflective attitudes among policy practitioners themselves toward their own practices. This Handbook's articles touch upon institutional and historical sources and analytical methods, how policy is made, how it is evaluated and how it is constrained. In these ways, the Handbook shows how the combined wisdom of political science as a whole can be brought to bear on political attempts to improve the human condition. The Handbook is one of The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science — a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science.

Keywords: business end; political science; theory; practice; public good; public intervention; policy response; politically-informed suggestions; valued goals; reflective attitudes

Book.  1000 pages. 

Subjects: Politics

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The Public and its Policies in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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The Historical Roots of the Field in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Training for Policy Makers in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Policy Analysis as Puzzle Solving in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Policy Analysis as Critical Listening in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Policy Analysis as Policy Advice in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Policy Analysis for Democracy in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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Policy Analysis as Critique in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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The Origins of Policy in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

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