Public Policy & Public Administration

Theories of the Policy Process

Theories of the Policy Process

Edited by Paul A. Sabatier, Christopher M. Weible

A comprehensive primer to the major theoretical frameworks used in policy process research written by leading public policy scholars.

“This is without question the best book on the theories of the policy process. There are many policy textbooks out there, but none that engage with contemporary theories of the process in such a comprehensive way.”
—Robert S. Wood, University of North Dakota

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The Public Policy Theory Primer

The Public Policy Theory Primer

Kevin B. Smith and Christopher W. Larimer

A comprehensive and cohesive overview of the core questions, major theoretical frameworks and key debates in the field of policy studies.

“Smith and Larimer’s classification system is sensible and comprehensive, arguably the best scheme for organizing the field of policy studies in print…I expect that over the next decade, nearly every graduate student in political science and public affairs will be introduced to the field of public policy through the book under review.” —Perspectives on Politics

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The Public Administration Theory Primer

The Public Administration Theory Primer

H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Christopher W. Larimer, Michael J. Licari

A comprehensive guide to the key theories in contemporary public administration, from rational choice to postmodern approaches.

“…[A] succinct, clearly written text that engages thematically with historical and contemporary developments within public administration. It leaves readers with a clear understanding of how and why theoretical lenses emerged, and leads to critical thinking regarding the applicability of some theoretical foundations today.”
—Staci M. Zavattaro, Mississippi State University

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This book provides students with a comprehensive overview of the main aspects of administrative law in the U.S, as well as an understanding of the broad, complex, and integral role administrative law plays in governance.

“Rosenbloom crafted a compelling narrative, which creates student interest in administrative law. Students like Administrative Law for Public Managers because it is straightforward and easy to understand. I teach a wide range of students—mid-level managers to students with no work experience—both are relieved that the content and examples are easily digestible. It’s an excellent book!”
—Lorenda Ann Naylor, University of Baltimore

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