Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9781447311072 Published May 2014 For sale in North and South America only
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Studying Public Policy

An International Approach

Edited by Michael Hill

Studying Public Policy

Edited by Michael Hill

Distributed for Bristol University Press

336 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9781447311072 Published May 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447311065 Published May 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Studying Public Policy organizes an impressive number of contributions—nineteen in all—from diverse scholars all around the world to bring to life the realities of policy making. The contributors use international case studies to demonstrate the challenges of public policy implementation and measurements of its success. Linked throughout by substantive commentary from editor Michael Hill, a leading author in the field, the book is divided into five sections, each covering a different aspect of the policy-making process: stability and change, agenda setting, policy formulation, implementation and governance, and globalism. Altogether these sections provide readers with a host of tools for understanding policy making as it actually happens. 

Part One: Introduction
Part Two: Stability and Change
How policies change? Clean air policy in France and Greece

   ~ Chloe A. Vlassopoulos
When a Solution becomes the Problem: Policy Reversals in Korea and Japan

    ~ Gyu-Jin Hwang
Stability with Change: Work-Family Balance Policies in Taiwan

    ~ Pei-Yuen Tsai
Understanding the Political Context of Nuclear Energy Policy Change in Sweden

   ~ Daniel Nohrstedt
Part Three: Agenda Setting
Agenda Setting in a Parliamentary Federation: Universal Medicare in Canada

   ~ Gregory P. Marchildon
Flood Mitigation Policy in the United States

   ~ Kristin O’Donovan
Focusing events, priority problems and governance arrangements: Regulatory reforms in health and eldercare sector in Sweden and Japan

   ~ Naonori Kodate
The evolution of gender equality policy in New Zealand

   ~ Jennifer Curtin
Part Four: Policy Formulation
Canadian Disability Policy Formulation: Social Movement Preferences and Federal Government
Choices of Instrument Design

   ~ Michael J. Prince
Defining Ecological Restoration Policy in Sweden

   ~ Anna Zachrisson and Katarina Eckerberg
The role of local actors in water and flood management in France: between policy formulation and policy implementation

   ~ Corinne Larrue and Marie Fournier
Think tanks and policy networks in English education

    ~ Sonia Exley
Part Five: Implementation
Agency Preferences and Political Conflict: Policy Implementation in the Netherlands

   ~ René Torenvlied
Local histories and local sensemaking: a case of policy implementation in the English National Health Service

   ~ Anna Coleman, Kath Checkland, and Stephen Harrison
Implementation of the structural development policy of Finnish higher education

   ~ Turo Virtanen
Part Six: Governance and globalism
Minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland

   ~ Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi and Katherine E Smith
The role of national and international policy actors and influences in crisis times: the case of Ireland

   ~ Mairéad Considine and Fiona Dukelow
Policy responses to climate change in Australia: contestation, complexity and uncertainty

   ~ Paul Burton
Cross border healthcare in the European Union
EU governance and national responses in healthcare

   ~ Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen and Nikolay Vasev

Review Quotes
Bruce Stafford | University of Nottingham
“The book offers a fascinating range of policy domains and countries as case studies making it a valuable resource that students and lecturers can use to find cases to illustrate the policy process.”
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