Student Resources

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Public Policy, Seventh Edition.

This site is intended to enhance your use of Public Policy, Seventh Edition, by Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong.                           

With the right information we can develop public policies that work better.

All too often, public policy textbooks offer a basic grounding in the policy process without the benefit of integrating the use of policy analysis. Kraft and Furlong take a different tack. They want students to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives—not only to question the assumptions of policy analysts, but to recognize how analysis is used in support of political arguments. To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from health care to climate change, the authors introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy. From a concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models to discussion of the nature of policy analysis and its practice, the Kraft and Furlong show students how to employ evaluative criteria in six substantive policy areas. Students come away with the analytic tools they need to understand that the motivations of policy actors—both within and outside of government—influence a complex, yet comprehensible, policy agenda.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.

SAGE EDGE FOR STUDENTS enhances learning, it’s easy to use, and offers:

  • Flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, and make it easy to maximize student study time, anywhere, anytime
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow students to assess how much they’ve learned and where they need to focus their attention
  • Chapter summaries that focus on the key concepts covered in the text