Philippe Zittoun, La fabrique politique des politiques publiques, Presses de Science Po, 2013
This book is about the political process of policymaking. The author suggests to grasp the policymaking process not as rational process of problem solving but as political activities which contribute to legitimate government and to order the world.
Constructing European Union Trade Policy
by Gabriel Siles-Brügge
With the stagnation of the Doha Round of multilateral talks, trade liberalisation is increasingly undertaken through free trade agreements. Gabriel Siles-Brügge examines the EU’s decision – following the 2006 ’Global Europe’ strategy – to negotiate such agreements with emerging economies. Eschewing the purely materialist explanations prominent in the field, he develops a novel constructivist argument to highlight the role of language and ideas in shaping EU trade policy. Drawing on extensive interviews and documentary analysis, Siles-Brügge shows how EU trade policymakers have privileged the interests of exporters to the detriment of import-competing groups, creating an ideational imperative for market-opening. Even during the on-going economic crisis the overriding mantra has been that the EU’s future well-being depends on its ability to compete in global markets. The increasingly neoliberal orientation of EU trade policy has also had important consequences for its economic diplomacy with the developing economies of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states.
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the world. This has been known for some time but the responses of governments to this problem have varied enormously. Many countries which now have comprehensive tobacco control regimes did very little to regulate tobacco until the 1980s. Further, many countries still have very limited tobacco controls. The book raises two key questions: Why is there often such a wide gap between the size of the policy problem and the government response? And why, if the problem is the same across the globe, does policy vary so markedly across political systems? This is the first major book by political scientists explaining global tobacco control policy. It identifies a history of minimal tobacco control, linked to the power of the tobacco industry, then charts the extent to which governments, aided by public health advocates, have regulated tobacco domestically and internationally in the modern era.
Implementing Public Policy:
An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance
by Michael Hill and Peter Hupe
SAGE Publications Ltd
Building on the success of the previous two editions, this book provides students with an exemplary overview of the theory and practice of public policy implementation and how it relates to contemporary public management. In doing so, this new edition makes use of more illustrative examples, delves further into researching implementation and explores issues about the relationship between policy formulation and implementation in greater depth.
Written for an international audience, this is essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying or conducting research in public policy, social policy, public management, public administration and governance.
Governance of Addictions: European Public Policies
by Tamyko Ysa, Joan Colom, Adrià Albareda, Anna Ramon, Marina Carrión, and Lidia Segura
Oxford University Press
Based on research from ALICE RAP (Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe, Reframing Addictions Project), a unique project studying the place of addictive substances and behaviours in contemporary European society
Analyses the approaches of 28 European countries to tackling addiction of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and heroin, using four topologies, which highlight the advantages and limitations of each approach
Book annexes provide the reader with a breakdown of key factual information about each country
The Politics of Marketising Asia
Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy
Edited By Toby Carroll and Darryl S.L. Jarvis
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014
Economic growth continues to transform the economic and political landscape of Asia. Equally the policies now being adopted to promote private sector participation, re-structure state entities, and reduce the presence of the state in the provision of public goods and services, are tied to fundamental transformations in Asia’s state-society relations. The global cast of contributors present a timely analysis of the impact of neo-liberalism on Asia’s developmental policies and the organisation of Asian states and markets. Ironically, the "developmental state" that has historically driven Asia’s rapid economic transformation is now threatened by an increasingly dominant neoliberal agenda that aims to roll back the state in the name of market fundamentalism.
Social Insurance : America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future
by Theodore R. Marmor, Jerry L. Mashaw and John Pakutka
What has America done to protect its citizens from life-changing but common risks such as death of a family breadwinner, ill health, disability, involuntary unemployment, outliving retirement savings, and birth into a poor family ? Each, in its own way, burdens—and possibly devastates—unlucky individuals and families both emotionally and financially. It is the rare life that is untouched by one or more of these six threats. How do our current policies affect taxation, spending, and the economy, as well as prospects for individual lives ? What more might these policies do to protect Americans ?
Rich in stories, data, and analysis, Social Insurance provides a strong intellectual foundation for understanding the history, economics, politics, and philosophy of America’s most important social insurance programs. This insightful work provides a unifying vision of these programs’ purposes and reminds us, amidst the confusing and often apocalyptic rhetoric, why we have the programs and policies we do, while arguing for reforms that preserve and enhance the protections in place.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy is a new series established by Cambridge University Press to promote and disseminate comparative research in public policy. Edited by M. Ramesh, Wu Xun and Michael Howlett, the series welcomes proposals for new books from established scholars and first-time authors alike.
The Political Process of Policymaking: A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy
by Phillipe Zittoun
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014
Far from being defenceless when faced with inextricable problems such as inequality, unemployment, poverty, precarious situations or global warming, governments continuously increase the policy proposals for new action, reforms or transformation. Nevertheless, their inability to solve problems, which is occasionally penalised by democratic voting or by changeovers, never challenges the political system itself. To understand this astonishing political stability within a disordered world, Philippe Zittoun looks at the ’policymaking process’ as a political activity which defines, propagates and imposes public policy proposals as a means to ’restore order’ within society. Based on a significant study as well as on surveys carried out at the heart of the policymaking process, this innovative approach to public policy leads us to identify policymakers as true modern Sisyphuses.
School Evaluation Policies and Educating States: Trends in Four European Countries
Hélène Buisson-Fenet and Xavier Pons
Peter Lang: Collection - Public Action, 2014
Are we witnessing the decline of state involvement in education or is it being reshaped, and if so how? Surprisingly, this question has received little attention from researchers in education studies, sociology and political science.
This book aims to fill this gap by exploring school evaluation policies in four European countries: England, France, Scotland and Switzerland. It shows that the same policy tool – promoted in many European and international arenas concerned with good practice in educational governance – can actually give rise in each system to a variety of policy configurations in which forms of state control can differ. Written from a policy sociology perspective, the book aims to go beyond the decline/permanence dichotomy and proposes a specific conceptual framework within which to consider both contextualised forms of state intervention and their potential similarities and combinations. By doing this, the authors not only aim to counterbalance or supplement dominant views on the Europeanisation and transnationalisation of education policies but also to imagine new possibilities for state policy analysis.
Kishimoto, S., Lobina, E., Petitjean, O.
Amsterdam, London, Paris, Cape Town and Brussels : Transnational Institute (TNI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinationals Observatory, Municipal Services Project (MSP) and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)
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Routledge, January 2015
Andy Jordan and John Turnpenny, Eds.
Edward Elgar Publishing - Open Access
Policy analysts are accustomed to thinking in terms of tools and instruments. Yet an authoritative examination of the tools which have been developed to formulate new policies is missing. This book is the first of its kind to distinguish the defining characteristics of the main policy formulation tools, and offer a fresh way of understanding how, why and by whom they are selected, as well as the effects they produce in practice.
The editors bring together thirteen specially commissioned chapters that, for the first time, explore the tools and their features in a comparable fashion, including: scenarios, indicators, computerized models, cost–benefit and multi-criteria analysis. They develop a novel analytical framework for understanding the form and function of the main tools, which encompasses definitions of key terms, a typology and relevant theoretical explanations.
This book will appeal to postgraduate students, scholars and researchers of policy analysis, public policy, decision making and public management. It will also encourage developers and practitioners of the tools to reflect critically on their work.
Varieties of Governance : Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities
Edited by Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M. Ramesh
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015
The study of governance may be currently in fashion, but it is also a firmly-established lens through which the complexities of contemporary policy making can be analysed while examining the ways in which a society and its political processes are organized and steered. Governance thus needs to be seen as a general concept within political analysis which offers a necessary heuristic tool for understanding the complexities of political processes, the policies these produce and the outcomes they generate. However, despite a great deal having been written on the subject in recent years, questions remain about many fundamental aspects of governance. This is especially the case when trying to define the modes of governance and their dynamics. Many varieties of governance exist, both cross-nationally and cross-sectorally: Understanding why and how it is important for the future of governance studies is the subject of the cross-national and theoretically-informed case studies presented in this volume.
Agenda Dynamics in Spain
Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Anna Palau and Frank R. Baumgartner
Palgrave Macmillan. 2015
Spanish politics has evolved from a consensual democracy with a focus on consolidating democratic rule to one where political parties increasingly polarize around ideologically rigid positions of Left and Right. No government seems able to resolve fundamental social conflicts relating to economic growth, relations with the regions, the EU, and the Church. Members of Parliament are regularly sidelined compared to the Prime Minister, even as the regional governments and the European Union increasingly make important policy decisions in a growing number policy domains. Tracing political history from the transition to democracy to the present, this engaging and highly empirical book provides a new look at Spanish politics, based on a policy agendas approach. Students, academics, and those interested in policy change and institutional design over the long term, will all find the book of interest.
El Análisis de Políticas Públicas: Conceptos, Teorías y Métodos
Author: Guillaume Fontaine
Anthropos and FLACSO Ecuador
International Library of Policy Analysis
edited by Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett
This major new series brings together for the first time a detailed examination of the theory and practice of policy analysis systems at different levels of government and by non-governmental actors in a specific country. It therefore provides a key addition to research and teaching in comparative policy analysis and policy studies more generally. Each volume includes a history of the country’s policy analysis which offers a broad comparative overview with other countries as well as the country in question. In doing so, the books in the series provide the data and empirical case studies essential for instruction and for further research in the area. They also include expert analysis of different approaches to policy analysis and an assessment of their evolution and operation.
The ILPA is sponsored by the International Comparative Policy Analysis (ICPA) Forum and Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.
As part of the IPPA coverage of the series, this newsletter features Policy Analysis in the Czech Republic by Arnošt Veselý, Martin Nekola and Eva M. Hejzlarová
In Defense of Pluralism Policy Disagreement and its Media Coverage
Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy
The work of early pluralist thinkers, from Arthur Bentley to Robert Dahl, inspired much optimism about democracy. They argued that democracy was functioning well, despite disagreements arising among the diversity of interests represented in policy-making processes. Yet it is unlikely that anyone paying attention to news coverage today would share such optimism. The media portray current policy-making processes as intractably polarized, devoid of any opportunity to move forward and adopt essential policy changes. This book aims to revive our long-lost sense of optimism about policy-making and democracy. Through original research into biotechnology policy-making in North America and Europe, Éric Montpetit shows that the depiction of policy-making offered by early pluralist thinkers is not so far off the present reality. Today’s policy decision-making process - complete with disagreement among the participants - is consistent with what might be expected in a pluralist society, in sharp contrast with the negative image projected by the media.
The Public Policy Process
by Michael Hill and Frédéric Varone
7th Edition, Routeledge, October 2016
The Public Policy Process is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the process by which public policy is made. Explaining clearly the importance of the relationship between theoretical and practical aspects of policy making, the book gives a thorough overview of the people and organisations involved in the process.
Fully revised and updated for a seventh edition, The Public Policy Process provides:
• Clear exploration, using many illustrations, of how policy is made and implemented.
• A new chapter on comparative theory and methods.
• New material on studying advocacy coalitions, policy changes, governance and evaluation.
• More European and international examples