What is the most pressing problem facing the American public today? Is it immigration reform, health care costs, the student debt crisis, stagnating wages, or a budget deficit reaching into the trillions? How about climate change or the threat of plastic pollution in the ocean? What about gun violence and gun rights? The problems facing the U.S. are numerous, but solutions exist, and it is within the power of government to provide those solutions by developing thoughtful and effective public policy.
We know that public refers to the people, and American government was established to serve at the will of the people. Unlike the word "public's" precise definition, public policy has numerous ways to be defined and just as many opinions about what it entails.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to Public Policy
Origins and Actors
Foundations of the Policy Process
Problem Identification and Agenda Setting
Policy Design and Formulation
Policy Analysis and Evaluation