This revised edition provides an even sharper critical analysis than before in exploring power, decision-making, and the implications for policy. It has been extensively updated and expanded, taking a comparative approach and addressing differences in the meaning and significance of policy in different political traditions. It is a book about policy - not about what governments do ("public policy") or about particular fields of policy (such as "health policy" or "education policy") but about policy as a concept - an idea which can be used to make sense of the way in which we are governed, and make a difference to decisions that affect our lives. In clear language, the author addresses the fundamental questions about the place of policy in governing: who makes policy? where? why? what has been written about it? This is a book which is relevant for the student studying the subject, the public official or community activist engaged in making policy, and the interested member of the public who wants to know where policy comes from, and why it matters.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Preface Why worry about it? What's the idea? Who makes policy? Where is it made? What is it for? What's the alternative? What do they say about it? What does it look like on the ground? How do you do it? Where do we go from here? Bibliography Index.
H. K. Colebatch directs the Graduate Program in Policy at the University of New South Wales. His disciplinary training was in political science, and he has taught and researched policy, organization and management in the public sector in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and the UK. He has been Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center for Organizations Research and the Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning in Berlin, and a consultant to the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration.