Public Policymaking,
9th Edition

James E. Anderson, Jeffrey Moyer, George Chichirau

ISBN-13: 9780357659977
Copyright 2023 | Published
384 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

A longtime student favorite, Anderson/Moyer/Chichirau's bestselling PUBLIC POLICYMAKING explains public policy fundamentals by emphasizing the process behind the creation of legislation. As you examine each individual step of the policymaking process -- from policy formation and budgeting to implementation and impact -- you will gain a thorough understanding of how different factors influence public policy creation. In addition, each chapter features at least one case study that illustrates how general ideas are applied to specific policy issues. Reflecting the latest research and developments from the field, the new Ninth Edition provides current coverage of the 2020 election, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. The text is packed with examples and its student-friendly format helps you easily see how chapter concepts relate to your everyday life.


1. The Study of Public Policy.
2. The Policy-Makers and Their Environment.
3. Policy Formation: Problems, Agendas, and Formulation.
4. Policy Adoption.
5. Budgeting and Public Policy.
6. Policy Implementation.
7. Policy Impact, Evaluation, and Change.
8. Concluding Comments.

  • James E. Anderson

    James Anderson is a past president of the Policy Studies Organization and former secretary of the American Political Science Association. He also has served as both president and vice president/program chair of the Southern Political Science Association and as president of the Southwestern Political Science Association.

  • Jeffrey Moyer

    Jeffrey Moyer is a lecturer at Northeastern University where he teaches classes in international relations, American government and public policy. He also focuses on issues of equity and policy learning in cannabis legalization and is a co-editor on the upcoming STONEOVER: THE OBSERVED LESSONS AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS OF LEGALIZATION.

  • George Chichirau

    George Chichirau is a lecturer at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where he usually teaches classes related to quantitative public policy and urban development. Focusing on public transit policy and urban housing, he also is a co-author on SUPPORTING SHRINKAGE: BETTER PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING FOR LEGACY CITIES, which will be released June 2021.

  • Completely up to date, the Ninth Edition delivers broad coverage of the theories and frameworks of the study of public policy written in a reader-friendly format that enables undergraduate students to easily understand the material and how it relates to their own lives.

  • Intriguing, well-written case studies provide both context and connection to key theories, making them ideal for use in class lectures and discussions.

  • Resources such as PowerPoint slides and questions help instructors quickly set up content coverage while helping ensure student retention of key concepts.

  • Throughout the text, both current and historical examples of public policy issues in action provide compelling illustrations that illuminate chapter concepts, helping students make sense of even the most difficult topics as well as sparking lively class discussion.

  • Reflecting the latest research and developments from the field, the Ninth Edition's up-to-date coverage includes the 2020 election, the COVID-19 pandemic and much more.

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