Public Policy

A Comprehensive Introduction

Martin Potucek

Public Policy

Martin Potucek

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

300 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9788024635569 Will Publish March 2018
This book provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, synoptic, and easy-to-grasp account of the state of public policy as a field. Both a scholar and a Czech policy maker, Martin Potůček draws on his vast and diverse experience to offer descriptions of public policy’s normative and conceptual foundations, stages, actors, and institutions, as well as fifteen of the most frequently used public policy theories. Featuring illustrative empirical case studies, this innovative guide shows how these theories can be applied to making public policy. With particular insight into the importance of cultural context and historical legacies for policy making in post-Communist Europe, Public Policy provides nuanced, expert insight into the difficulties of public policy discourse and reform.
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Douglas Besharov, University of Maryland
“As a textbook, it brings together broad, multi-disciplinary literature with succinct clarity, wisdom, and trenchant examples. The combination of short essays, summaries, and examples, often set apart in text boxes, provides a contemporary framework for learning. For teachers, it provides a road map of each topic that they can use to organize their courses and individual lectures. I have read many books on public policy and policy analysis and I enjoyed and learned from this one more than any other. I know that I will be borrowing from it.”
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