Public Policy in the Eighties

Public Policy in the Eighties

Public Policy in the Eighties

Public Policy in the Eighties

Excerpt

In this book we explore the major domestic policy areas of contemporary United States. Attempts to devise workable solutions to problems concerning the economy, energy, the environment, the needy, and consumer protection have absorbed vast amounts of attention from presidents, legislators, and governors over the last generation. As we go through the 1980s, none of these areas appears to be on the verge of resolution. Consequently, we anticipate that policymakers will continue to wrestle with demands from various quarters as they search for solutions to these issues on which there is no consensus.

In the course of this book, the reader will be introduced to the major policy statements in the five policy areas noted above. The requirements of important statutes and court decisions, the preferences of recent presidents, and the actions of the bureaucracies entrusted with carrying out the programs will be reviewed. The objectives of those who have been active in shaping policies--government officials as well as interest groups--will be explained. The degree to which program objectives have been achieved and the obstacles that have been encountered will be noted.

We think that this text is ideal as a supplement to American government courses and as a substantive core text for public policy courses.

The preparation of this book has benefited from the useful reactions of a number of people. Robert Barles, Jeff Howard, Larry Regens, James Sullivan, and Frank Thompson read parts of the manuscript and offered valuable comments. We'd like to express our appreciation to them and to the reviewers whom Brooks/Cole consulted. They are Irving Howards of the University of Massachusetts, Charles O. Jones of the University of Virginia, Robert Lawrence of Colorado State University, Michael Reagan of the University of California, Riverside, Walter A. Rosenbaum of the University of Florida, and Norman Thomas of the University of Cincinnati. All these readers provided substantial assistance in eliminating errors and tightening and clarifying the presentation, for which we are most appreciative. At times . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.