Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems

Studies of public policymaking all to often apply general assumptions about political life to specific case studies. In Studying Public Policy, Michael Howlett and M. Ramesh argue that this approach does not do justice to the wealth of empirical studies pointing to a different set of factors responsible for general patterns of policymaking.

Following a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing approaches, the authors inventory current British, American and Canadian literature on policy actors, institutions, and instruments, and derive from that inventory the elements of an inductive, middle-range theory of public policymaking. The model developed in the book not only helps to unify theoretical and empirical studies, but identifies critical elements of the process of policy change of interest not only to specialists but also to practitioners in the field.

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Michael Howlett is Associate Professor, Political Science, Simon Fraser University. He is co-author with M. Ramesh of The Political Economy of Canada: An Introduction (1992), and co-editor of K. Brownsey and Michael Howlett, The Provincial State (1992) and Michael Howlett and D. Laycock, The Puzzles of Power (1994). M. Ramesh, co-author with Michael Howlett of The Political Economy of Canada (1992), is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at University of New England (Australia), and Visiting Professor and Chair of Public Policy, Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario.

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