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The fourth edition of this widely-used text relates theory to practice in the public policy process. In a clear, conversational style, author Tom Birkland conveys birkand best current thinking on the policy process with an emphasis on accessibility and synthesis. This new edition has been reorganized to better explain the role of policy analysis in the policy procss.

The book makes generous use of visual aids and examples that link policy theory to the concrete experience of practitioners. It includes chapter-at-a-glance outlines, definitions of key terms, provocative review questions, recommended reading, and online materials for professors and students. It provides an accessible and accurate overview of the essential concepts and theories of the policy process with concrete illustrations. The book is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students looking for a readable and comprehensive introdutcion in the field.

The author systematically explains his points in a clear, interesting, and accessible writing style. Birkland has made enduring qn to the study of public policy, and in this textbook he has provided an excellent resource for teachers and students in the field of policy studies. This new edition clearly explains basic concepts, theories, and models and incorporates illustrative data and empirical case study examples. Tom Birkland has the unique ability to connect conceptual and theoretical puzzles and debates with contemporary policy problems, which helps bridge the gap between theory and application.

Raising questions for discussion and research, the book encourages the reader to think independently and critically about the policy process. I cannot think of a better way to inspire the next generation of public policy students and practitioners. New to this edition are arrays of teaching and learning processs that make it almost off-the-shelf ready for instructors; new organization of the material and a focus on recent trends make the content relevant for the here and now.

This volume introduces readers to the actors, outputs, models, and theories involved in deciding what government does in the name of the public. Students will quickly see how this process applies across states, policy domains, and time. They will brikland an appreciation for how seemingly separate institutions all come together in the policy process. The text accomplishes this through emphasizing the connections between various components of the policy system and the result is a stronger understanding of the policy process that will stick with students and serve them in a wide variety of contexts.

Its comprehensive and cohesive approach to the study of the policy pilicy gives students the proper tools and perspectives with which to puzzle and understand how U. He makes classic and contemporary policy scholarship come alive provess using recent policy cases and inviting readers to consider issues in relation to their own values and goals. Pokicy studies newbies and experts alike will find this comprehensive, reader-friendly primer engaging, informative, and inspiring.


Birkland takes on and readily accomplishes the hard task qn illustrating and illuminating various features of the policy process as well as organizing and synthesizing a vast amount of information on these prkcess. Students, policy practitioners, and other readers will find the updated fourth edition insightful and replete with current, real-world examples.

This book should be required reading for anyone seeking to acquire an understanding of the American policy process. The text embraces the complexity of policy making while bringing systematic coherence birkoand how it can be understood and studied.

Real life examples and case studies coupled with straightforward descriptions of theory bring to life the art and science of policy. I highly recommend this for undergraduates as an introduction to policy and for more advanced courses where policy is an important, but not central, element to study. Steelman, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Thomas Birkland is William T. Would you like birklanf tell us about a lower price?

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The Essential Readings 2nd Edition. The Art of Policymaking: Review “The fourth edition of An Birkkand to the Policy Process remains the best primer for the scientific study of public policy. Routledge; 4 edition September 4, Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention public policy policy process easy to read introduction to the policy class text government program graphs important intro key learned pages studies.

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Steven Peterson Top Contributor: I have used the third edition as a textbook before in my class on Policy Analysis. It has worked pretty well, too. Students are able to work with it and learn key elements about the policy process. The first part of this text examines the context in which public policy decisions made by orocess to address problems occurs. Next, the stages of the policy process are discussed–from problem definition to agenda setting to decision making and policy design to policy implementation and policy learning.

A couple questions here: Why no discussion of program evaluation? Why no discussion of program termination in much detail? But I don’t see these as major issues. I have assigned the third edition as a text and I will also do so for the fourth edition. The final chapter compares several introductipn of the policy process, to good effect. Overall, a fine text.

I’m a grad student and we’re using this text book.

I feel like it was written for an alien who knows nothing about how humans work. I found I learned very little from it and that most of the time, I felt like I was reading, “Water is wet,” over and over.


It didn’t seem to organize the information well, either, giving pooicy ton of attention to some areas, giving virtually none to others, and mixing up the order of the headings. What were made headings should have been subheadings, and some chapters only had 1 main heading, which made everything under it the polich of a brick.

If you missed social studies classes throughout elementary school, this will catch you up.

An Introduction to the Policy Process

But pdocess that is as far as it goes. Since most people have only learned about the three branches of government, they may not be certain how passed laws are enacted. Lacking the time and expertise needed to implement these laws, legislators at the federal, state, and local levels delegate authority to agencies to make the policy which will implement these laws. The chief benefit of this text is the qualitative approach which Birkland personally prefers although he does warn that other approaches use an economics-based approach and clear explanations.

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It also contains an annotated bibliography of influential works and a dictionary of key terms used in the public policymaking process. Birkland’s text is written so that it can be used either by students or public policy practitioners.

Instead of bogging down the reader in minutiae and personal liberty, he wanted to emphasize how important public policy is. Interesting subject matter, plenty of illustrations, graphs and visuals. Not entirely dry so is easy to read also. One the best text books I have ever owned! It came a feat early, which was good since my class started that same day. Unfortunately it has 4 pages missing.

The book cover is also really dirty. Was disappointed since I paid probably 10 less thank the price of a clean, brand new book. Birkland’s book, “An Introduction to the Policy Process,” has made its way into many introductory classes to public policy. After reading the book, one can see why that’s so: However, I found this book to be a little redundant in some areas, and a bit shallow in others.

Over all, it’s a good book to skim through when learning about public policy, though I’m certain you could find other books that give you more information for the same money. So, we come to the question of the day: If you have to buy it for class, then yes, you should buy this book. It’s cheap enough and will require much highlighting, and you won’t be too disappointed with it If you don’t have to buy this book, then I believe you’re better off looking at other public policy texts out there.

It’s a good introduction, but doesn’t really get into the issues and uses quite simple writing. However, the book includes some good case studies. The product came in perfect condition, and arrived quickly.