Books on public policy

This is a list of recommended books on public policy, including introductory textbooks and more advanced texts, including handbooks and books on more specific topics within the field of public policy analysis.

Introductory textbooks:

Knill, C., & Tosun, J. (2012). Public policy: A new introduction. Macmillan International Higher Education.

Howlett, M., Ramesh, M., & Perl, A. (2009). Studying public policy: Policy cycles and policy subsystems (Third Edition). Oxford: Oxford university press.

 John, P. (2013). Analyzing public policy. Routledge.

Hill, M., & Varone, F. (2014). The public policy process. Routledge.

Cairney, P. (2011). Understanding public policy: Theories and issues. Macmillan International Higher Education.

Howlett, M. (2019). Designing public policies: Principles and instruments. Routledge.

Advanced books:

Goodin, R. E., Moran, M., & Rein, M. (2006). The Oxford handbook of public policy (Vol. 6). Oxford Handbooks.

Sabatier, P. A., & Weible, C. M. (Eds.). (2014). Theories of the policy process. Westview Press.

Baumgartner, F. R., & Jones, B. D. (2015). The politics of information: Problem definition and the course of public policy in America. University of Chicago Press.

Jones, B. D., & Baumgartner, F. R. (2005). The politics of attention: How government prioritizes problems. University of Chicago Press.

Writing for public policy:

Smith, C., & Pasqualoni, M. (2019). Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy Making Process. Oxford University Press.

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