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By B. Guy Peters

Vital additions to this 10th version contain elevated discussions of coverage tools, the demanding situations for public policymakers offered by means of the continued gridlock in Washington, the cheap Care Act, better schooling investment, reproductive rights, and homosexual rights. New assurance of fracking controversies, race and racial profiling, and the legalization of marijuana retains scholars modern with fresh coverage debates and concerns. New to this variation: *The 10th version contains extended and up-to-date discussions of *policy tools; *gridlock in Washington and the demanding situations for public coverage makers; *continuing responses to the 2008 financial situation; *the cheap Care Act; *higher schooling investment and the scholar debt predicament; *reproductive rights; and *gay rights. *New to the quantity is a evaluation of fracking controversies and attendant adjustments in power rules, problems with race and racial profiling in legislation enforcement coverage, and the legalization of marijuana. *Updated tables and charts confirm scholars have entry to the newest information within the box and new photographs illustrate small print.

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This, in turn, contributed to the decline of central cities. And in turn government has had to pour billions of dollars into Urban Renewal and Model Cities programs, Urban Development Action Grants, and so forth. The cities, of course, might have declined 47 PART TWO: MAKING PUBLIC POLICY without the federal highway program, but this program certainly aided that decline. Policies in modern societies are now so tightly interconnected and have so many secondary and tertiary effects on other programs that any new policy intervention is likely to have results that seem to spread like ripples in a clear lake.

If agenda formulation is crucial to the process of policymaking, then the ability of elites to keep certain issues off the agenda is crucial to their power. Adherents 43 PART TWO: MAKING PUBLIC POLICY of this approach believe that the agenda does not represent the competitive struggle of relatively equal groups, as in the pluralist model, but that it represents the systematic use of elite power to decide which issues the political system will or will not consider. Bachrach and Baratz's concept of "nondecisions" are important here.

Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations (Detroit: Gale, 1980). 25. Ira Sharkansky, Wither the State? : Chatham House, 1979). 26. S. : Government Printing Office, 1980). 33 PART TWO Making Public Policy 3. Agenda Setting and Public Policy This chapter discusses two aspects of the policymaking process that occur rather early in the sequence of decisions leading to the actual delivery of services to citizens but are nonetheless crucial to the success of the entire process. These two stages of policymaking-agenda setting and policy formulation-are important because they set the parameters for any additional consideration of the policy areas.

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