American Public Policy: Promise and Performance by B. Guy Peters

By B. Guy Peters

Vital additions to this 10th variation contain multiplied discussions of coverage tools, the demanding situations for public policymakers provided through the continued gridlock in Washington, the cheap Care Act, greater schooling investment, reproductive rights, and homosexual rights. New insurance of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana retains scholars modern with fresh coverage debates and matters. New to this variation: *The 10th variation comprises increased and up-to-date discussions of *policy tools; *gridlock in Washington and the demanding situations for public coverage makers; *continuing responses to the 2008 monetary obstacle; *the reasonable Care Act; *higher schooling investment and the coed debt predicament; *reproductive rights; and *gay rights. *New to the amount is a evaluation of fracking controversies and attendant alterations in strength regulations, problems with race and racial profiling in legislation enforcement coverage, and the legalization of marijuana. *Updated tables and charts verify scholars have entry to the most recent info within the box and new photographs illustrate small print.

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Then the Keynesian revolution in economics produced what appeared to be the answer to these fluctuations, and governments soon placed economic management on their agendas. S. government to maintain full employment. The promise of "fine tuning" the economy, which seemed possible during the late 1950s and early 196os, has now become extremely elusive, but the basic point is still valid. There was a belief that Keynesian economics was capable of doing the job, and therefore it made sense to attempt to solve the problem.

Policies in modern societies are now so tightly interconnected and have so many secondary and tertiary effects on other programs that any new policy intervention is likely to have results that seem to spread like ripples in a clear lake. To some degree analysts should anticipate these effects and design programs to avoid them, but they may never be totally successful in so doing. 19 Relationships to Symbols The more closely a particular problem can be linked to certain important national symbols, the greater its probability of being placed on the agenda.

Finally, policy areas with a great deal of interest-group organization and relatively high levels of group involvementof both clients and producers- might be best understood by means of the pluralist approach. Education might be a good example of the last kind of policy. Unfortunately, however, these are largely speculations, as the kind of detailed work necessary to track issues as they move on to and off of agendas has yet to be done. From Problem to Issue: How to Get Problems on the Agenda The nature of the problems themselves will have an influence on their being 45 PART TWO: MAKING PUBLIC POLICY accepted as part of the agenda.

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