Contents
Tables and Figuresvi
Prefaceix
1. Policymaking from the Top Down1
What Is Public Policy? , 2
Who's on Top? , 3
The Top-Down Policymaking Model,4
Feature: Elite Attitudes toward Citizen Policymaking , 8
The Bottom-Up Policy Process Model , 10
Feature: Citizen Attitudes toward Elite Policymaking , 12
Democracy from the Top Down , 14
2. Power, Wealth, and Policymaking16
The Concentration of Economic Power , 17
The Globalization of Economic Power , 20
The Global Elite , 22
Increasing Inequality in America , 25
Feature: Deciding on Global Trade Policy , 27
Inequality as a "Nondecision,"31
The Making of a Nondecision , 33
Feature: Deciding to Grant Preferential Tax Treatment to Investors , 34
3. The Policy Formulation Process39
Top-Down Policy Formulation , 39
The Foundations , 42
Feature: The Ford Foundation , 44
The Think Tanks , 47
The Conservative Policy Network , 52
Global Thinking: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, 57
Coordinating Elite Policy Formulation , 61

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Tables and Figures vi
  • Preface ix
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENT x
  • Chapter 1 Policymaking from the Top Down 1
  • Chapter 2 Power, Wealth, and Policymaking 16
  • Chapter 3 The Policy Formulation Process 39
  • Chapter 4 The Leadership Selection Process 65
  • Chapter 5 The Interest Group Process 85
  • Chapter 6 The Opinion Making Process 103
  • Chapter 7 The Policy Legitimation Process 116
  • Chapter 8 The Policy Implementation Process 137
  • Chapter 9 The Policy Evaluation Process 158
  • Notes 175
  • Index 179
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