The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration

ISBN : 9780199646135

Steven J. Balla; Martin Lodge; Edward C. Page
672 Pages
181 x 251 mm
Pub date
Mar 2015
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This Handbook brings together a collection of leading international authors to reflect on the influence of central contributions, or classics, that have shaped the development of the field of public policy and administration. The Handbook reflects on a wide range of key contributions to the field, selected on the basis of their international and wider disciplinary impact. Focusing on classics that contributed significantly to the field over the second half of the 20th century, it offers insights into works that have explored aspects of the policy process, of particular features of bureaucracy, and of administrative and policy reforms. Each classic is discussed by a leading international scholars. They offer unique insights into the ways in which individual classics have been received in scholarly debates and disciplines, how classics have shaped evolving research agendas, and how the individual classics continue to shape contemporary scholarly debates. In doing so, this volume offers a novel approach towards considering the various central contributions to the field. The Handbook offers students of public policy and administration state-of-the-art insights into the enduring impact of key contributions to the field.


1. What Makes a Classic?: Identifying and Revisiting the Classics of Public Policy and Administration'
2. Herbert A. Simon, 'Administrative Behavior: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organization'
3. David B. Truman, 'The Governmental Process: Political Interests and Public Opinion'
4. Robert K. Merton, 'Reader in Bureaucracy'
5. Harold D. Lasswell, 'The Decision Process: Seven Categories of Functional Analysis'
6. C. Wright Mills, 'The Power Elite'
7. Charles E. Lindblom, 'The Science of Muddling Through'
8. Thomas R. Dye, 'Politics, Economics and the Public: Policy Outcomes in the American States'
9. Herbert Kaufman, 'The Forest Ranger: A Study in Administrative Behavior'
10. E.E. Schattschneider, 'The Semi-Sovereign People: A Realist's View of Democracy in America'
11. V.O. Key, Jr., 'Public Opinion and American Democracy'
12. Michel Crozier, 'The Bureaucratic Phenomenon'
13. Theodore J. Lowi, 'American Business, Public Policy, Case-Studies and Political Theory'
14. Aaron Wildavsky, 'The Politics of the Budgetary Process'
15. Mancur Olson, 'The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups'
16. Theodore J. Lowi, 'The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States'
17. Jack L. Walker, 'The Diffusion of Innovations among the American States'
18. Albert O. Hirschman, 'Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States'
19. Graham T. Allison, 'The Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis'
20. George J. Stigler, 'The Theory of Economic Regulation'
21. Michael D. Cohen, James G. March and Johan P. Olsen, 'A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice'
22. Anthony Downs, 'Up and Down with Ecology: The 'Issue-Attention' Cycle'
23. Carol H. Weiss, 'Evaluation: Methods for Studying Programs and Policies'
24. Jeffrey L. Pressman and Aaron Wildavsky, 'Implementation'
25. Oliver E. Williamson, 'Markets and Hierarchies: Analysis and Antitrust Implications'
26. Hugh Heclo, 'Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment'
27. Michael Lipsky, 'Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service'
28. Richard Rose, 'Do Parties Make a Difference?'
29. John W. Kingdon, 'Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies'
30. Mathew D. McCubbins and Thomas Schwartz, 'Congressional Oversight Overlooked: Police Patrols versus Fire Alarms'
31. Terry M. Moe, 'The New Economics of Organization'
32. Mathew D. McCubbins, Roger G. Noll, and Barry R. Weingast, ' Administrative Procedures as Instruments of Political Control'
33. Paul A. Sabatier, 'An Advocacy Coalition Framework of Policy Change and the Role of Policy-Oriented Learning Therein'
34. Fritz W. Scharpf, 'The Joint-Decision Trap'
35. James Q. Wilson, 'Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It '
36. Elinor Ostrom, 'Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action '
37. Christopher Hood, 'A Public Management for All Seasons?'
38. Ian Ayres and John Braithwaite, 'Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate'
39. Frank R. Baumgartner and Byan D. Jones, 'Agendas and Instability in American Politics'
40. Robert D. Putnam, 'Bowling Alone'
41. Peter A. Hall and David Soskice, 'Varieties of Capitalism'

About the author: 

Steven J. Balla is Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, USA.; Martin Lodge is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Department of Government and Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.; Edward C. Page is Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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