Comparing Public Policies

Comparing Public Policies
Subtitle: Issues and Choices in Six Industrialized Countries
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Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
EAN: 9781568024493
ISBN: 1568024495
Categories: Politics and Government | Central Government Policies | Economics | Development Economics |

Table of Contents Tables, Figures, and Boxes ix Preface xi An Introduction to Comparative Public Policy 1 The Increasing Internationalization of Public Policy 4 The Organization of This Book 6 1 The Policy Process 1 The Study of the Policy Process 8 The Policy Process Revisited 28 2 Theories of Policy Making 31 The Cultural School 31 The Economic School 34 The Political School 38 The Institutional School 41 An Eclectic Approach to Examining Policy Theories 45 3 Political and Economic Dynamics in Industrialized Countries 47 Social Cleavage 47 Interest Groups 48 Political Parties and Party Systems 51 Voting Behavior 55 Electoral Systems 59 Executive-Legislative Relations 63 Intergovernmental Relations 67 The Bureaucracy 69 The Judiciary 70 Economic Dynamics 71 4 The Policy-making Context 77 The United States 77 Japan 80 Germany 83 France 86 The United Kingdom 89 Italy 92 European Union 95 5 Immigration Policy 100 Common Policy Problems 100 Major Policy Options 103 Explaining Policy Dynamics 104 International Policy Making 109 United States 111 Japan 118 Germany 123 France 129 United Kingdom 134 Italy 140 European Union 146 Cross-national Trends 150 6 Fiscal Policy 159 Common Policy Problems 159 Major Policy Options 161 Explaining Policy Dynamics 163 Internafional Policy Making 167 United States 169 Japan 174 Germany 177 France 180 United Kingdom 183 Italy 186 European Union 189 Cross-national Trends 192 7 Taxation Policy 198 Common Policy Problems 198 Major Policy Options 200 Explaining Policy Dynamics 203 International Policy Making 206 United States 207 Japan 211 Germany 214 France 217 United Kingdom 219 Italy 222 European Union 225 Cross-national Trends 229 8 Health Care Policy 234 Common Policy Problems 234 Major Policy Options 235 Explaining Policy Dynamics 239 International Policy Making 242 United States 243 Japan 249 Germany 253 France 257 United Kingdom 262 Italy 266 European Union 270 Cross-national Trends 273 9 Social Policy 278 Common Policy Problems 278 Major Policy Options 281 Explaining Policy Dynamics 283 International Policy Making 287 United States 287 Japan 293 Germany 296 France 301 United Kingdom 305 Italy 309 European Union 313 Cross-national Trends 315 10 Education Policy 321 Common Policy Problems 321 Major Policy Options 322 Explaining Policy Dynamics 326 International Policy Making 329 United States 329 Japan 334 Germany 338 France 342 United Kingdom 346 Italy 351 European Union 355 Cross-national Trends 358 11 Environmental Policy 364 Common Policy Problems 364 Major Policy Options 366 Explaining Policy Dynamics 369 International Policy Making 372 United States 373 Japan 379 Germany 383 France 388 United Kingdom 392 Italy 396 European Union 401 Cross-national Trends 405 12 Conclusion 412 Contemporary Trends 412 Learning Lessons by Comparing Policies 417 Glossary 419 References 429 Index 441.


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