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Public policymaking in a democratic society, a guide to civic engagement, Larry N. Gerston

"While people profess a disdain for politics, in a democracy politics is the primary vehicle for citizens to influence the decisions and decision makers that shape public policy at every level. This widely acclaimed book provides a clear and concise overview of public policymaking, designed to equip citizens to participate more effectively in the policymaking process. It gently introduces the reader to the players and institutions that comprise the public policymaking process of American society, and it demonstrates the many access points in the public policymaking process where one can participate. This fully updated third edition includes: A discussion of growing modes of public policymaking participation, including social media and voting by mail. An evaluation of the impediments to participation, including voter suppression. An examination of the role of whistleblowers as part of bureaucratic responsibility. All new case studies throughout the book on topics of interest to students and citizens alike, such as the policy response to COVID-19, George Floyd and police reform, homelessness, and the Affordable Care Act. Student projects throughout the text, along with a glossary, and extensive coverage on Project Citizen, a format that provides students with hands-on tools for participating in the policymaking process. Public Policymaking in a Democratic Society, Third Edition may be used in introductory courses on public policy, internships, or service-learning programs. It equally serves as an invaluable resource for any organized effort to involve citizens in community service and the exercise of civic responsibility"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Endorsement -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1 The Public Policymaking Process and How It Relates to Our Lives -- The Public Policymaking Framework -- What Public Policy Is-and Is Not -- Defining Private Issues -- Public/Private Issues in Perspective -- Constitutionalism: The Architecture of Public Policymaking -- Separation of Powers -- Federalism -- Judicial Review -- Chartered Rights -- Where Public Policies Are Made -- Public Policymaking at the National Level -- Public Policymaking at the State Level -- Public Policymaking at the Local Level -- Public Policymaking in Native American Nations -- Does Citizenship Matter? -- What Does Citizenship Mean? -- The Rights-Bearing Model of Citizenship -- The Citizen as Community Loyalist -- Citizenship as Public Work -- Practicing Citizenship Through Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy -- Putting It Together -- Reflection -- Student Projects -- Discussion Questions -- Notes -- Chapter 2 Identifying Public Policy Issues -- Triggering Mechanisms: Indicators for Determining Issues -- Scope: How Widespread a Problem -- Intensity: How Troublesome a Problem -- Duration: How Long a Problem? -- Resources: Costliness of the Problem -- Making the Puzzle Pieces Fit -- But What If My Issue Is Kept Off the Public Agenda? -- Deciding What Is Important-How and Why -- Doing Research -- Library Work-Doing It the Old-Fashioned Way -- Going "Online" -- Newspaper Tracking -- Government Organizations -- Interest Groups -- Personal Interviews -- Polls and Public Opinion Surveys -- Considering What to Do -- Knowing Where to Go, Whom to See, and How to Get There -- Determining What Should Be Done -- The Consequences of Inaction -- Reflection -- Student Projects -- Discussion Questions -- Notes -- Chapter 3 Developing a Public Policy Proposal
Literary Form
non fiction
Third edition.
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (219 pages)
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