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Studying public policy

Following a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of existing policy approaches, the authors inventory current British, American and Canadian literature on policy actors, institutions and instruments, and derive from that inventory the elements of an inductive, middle-range theory of public policy-making. The model they develop not only helps unify theoretical and empirical studies but also identifies critical elements of the process of policy change of interest not only to specialists but also to practitioners in the field.

[adapted from back cover of book]