Built on the premise that all public policy is ultimately grounded in the philosophy of governance, Christopher A. Simon's second edition continues to approach policy by combining normative and empirical perspectives. This deeply revised second edition continues to expose students to the basis of preferences, policy-making processes, policy history, and current policy decisions and outcomes. Chapters conclude with a case studies engaging students in the application of their theoretical knowledge to the real world, and encouraging them to be informed and active citizens.
- Alternate tables of content are included to provide professors and students with flexible, easy-to-implement options for approaching and assigning public policy.
- Case studies provide real-world examples that concretely illustrate theoretical concepts.
- End-of-Chapter questions reinforce key concepts and encourage students to think critically about the chapter topics.
- Each chapter ends with a two-part summary that offers a review of the major chapter concepts ("Lessons Learned") and puts them in context ("The Big Picture").