Learning Objectives

Readers of this chapter will be able to:

1. Convey a definition of public policy
2. Discuss the context of public policy and the challenges that environment presents for achieving goals
3. Explain the desire for a coherent, universal theory of public policy
4. Apply the six steps of the stages heuristic model of public policy to a policy issue
5. Articulate strengths and weaknesses of competing public policy models
6. Discuss alternative policymaking models
7. Appreciate the multitude of actors involved in policymaking