Contemporary Approaches to Public Policy

Theories, Controversies and Perspectives

  • B. Guy Peters
  • Philippe Zittoun

Part of the International Series on Public Policy book series (ISPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. B. Guy Peters, Philippe Zittoun
    Pages 1-14
  3. Anna Durnova, Frank Fischer, Philippe Zittoun
    Pages 35-56
  4. B. Guy Peters
    Pages 57-72
  5. Rebecca Eissler, Annelise Russell, Bryan D. Jones
    Pages 95-112
  6. Helen Margetts, Christopher Hood
    Pages 133-154
  7. Helen Ingram, Peter deLeon, Anne Schneider
    Pages 175-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-206

About this book


This book considers a range of contemporary approaches to public policy studies.  These approaches are based on a number of theoretical perspectives on decision-making, as well as alternative perspectives on policy instruments and implementation. The range of approaches covered in the volume includes punctuated equilibrium models, the advocacy-coalition framework, multiple streams approaches, institutional analyses, constructivist approaches, behavioural models, and the use of instruments as an approach to public policy.  The volume concludes with a discussion of fundamental issues of democracy in public policy. 

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and President of the International Public Policy Association.  He was founding co-editor of Governance and of the European Political Science Review, and is the author or editor of over 80 books in political science and public policy.

Philippe Zittoun is Research Professor of Political Science and General Secretary of the International Public Policy Association. His last book was The Political Process of Policymaking (Palgrave, 2014). He is on the editorial board of the Policy Studies Journal, Critical Policy Studies, Journal of Policy Research and Policy and Society.


Decision-making Policy instruments Implementation Institutionalism Contentious policies

Editors and affiliations

  • B. Guy Peters
    • 1
  • Philippe Zittoun
    • 2
  1. 1.President of the International Public PoUniversity of Pittsburgh, USAPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.General Secretary of the International PLAET-ENTPE, University of Lyon, FranceLyonFrance

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