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The aim of this module is to further our understanding of public policy – the nature, causes and effects of public policies; the policy process – how policy is made; and with prescription as to how policy might be improved. Since the effectiveness of policies and policy-making processes cannot be assessed independently of analysis of the distribution of economic and political power within political systems, this module also examines the central position of the state in policy analysis.
Introduction -- The nature of the public policies -- The context for policy making: central institutions and actors -- Theoretical approaches to policy making -- Problem definition and agenda setting -- Decision making -- Implementation -- Evaluation -- Governance: a synoptic perspective on policy making -- Public policies beyond the nation state -- Policy change and policy convergence -- Conclusions: future challenges for public policy analysis
Brief contents -- Preface -- About the author -- The purpose and nature of public policy -- Frameworks -- The policymaking process -- Public policies as investments -- Applications -- Public infrastructure -- Defense and homeland security -- Public schooling -- Health care -- Poverty alleviation -- Criminal justice -- Science funding -- Environmental protection -- An agenda for change -- Policy legacies -- Acknowledgements -- Glossary of terms -- Index
Public policy : articulation, significance and approaches -- Public policy processes -- Public policy and globalization -- Public policy processes in India -- Models and trends of public policy in India -- Designing public policy at the grassroots : Panchayati Raj in West Bengal and Bhagidari in Delhi -- Environmental policy in India -- Education policy in India -- Public health policy in India : a critical note -- Rights-based social policy : Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), 2005