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Politics and Public Policy

Strategic Actors and Policy Domains

Politics and Public Policy by Donald C. Baumer
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Getting beyond the traditional policy cycle discussed in most textbooks, the fully updated fourth edition of Politics and Public Policy offers a more comprehensive and realistic view of policymaking in the United States—one that looks beyond the jockeying between presidents and members of Congress, and explores the influence of corporate leaders, interest groups, bureaucrats, judges, and journalists. The book explores six distinct, yet connected, policy domains:

  • Boardroom Politics (decisions by business leaders and professionals);
  • Bureaucratic Politics (rule-making and adjudication by administrators);
  • Cloakroom Politics (lawmaking by legislators);
  • Chief Executive Politics (decision making by presidents, governors, mayors, and their advisers);
  • Courtroom Politics (rulings by judges); and
  • Living Room Politics (opinions expressed through the mass media, grassroots movements, political activists, and voters).

The authors’ unique framework prepares students to evaluate the strategies of various political actors within each domain.


SAGE Publications; July 2013
416 pages; ISBN 9781483322315
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Title: Politics and Public Policy
Author: Donald C. Baumer; Carl E. Van Horn