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Reference Review - Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Edited by Michael Moran, Martin Rein, and Robert E. Goodi Oxford. New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. [Location: Dewey Library / Reference: H 97 O88 2006]

The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy is part of a 10 volume series collectively known as The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science (use Minerva to find other volumes by selecting the option “Series begins with…��? and then typing “Oxford Handbooks of Political Science��? in the search box).

Some of the issues covered by the Oxford Handbook of Public Policy include: policy persuasion, practice, constraints, and change. The editors have focused on aspects that limit “ambitious��? policy making as well as the impact, causes and effects of more moderate effots. This is beneficial because it helps to avoid redundancy and it raises issues a researcher may want to further explore.

The categorizations used in the Handbook make the volume user-friendly for researchers and cover historical background, policy analysis models and various aspects of policy making such as how it is created, implemented, or constrained. If one has a general topic in mind he or she can readily see if it is covered in this work. The book also provides guidance as to some of the divisions of study for researchers who do not have a clear view on divisions of the general subject of public policy.

The Handbook has two indexes that are extremely useful to researchers. The Name Index includes all referenced authors and organizations. Even more useful for researchers is the Subject Index. This index references all subjects covered and breaks them down in a manner that helps one to find the specific subject and aspect(s) of that subject he or she is looking for. This index allows one to either narrow his or her search or expand it. Someone with a general idea of the topic is given more specific breakdowns. A user with a more focused subject term is given other topics that could be relevant to his or her research.

This volume functions both as a good starting point for research and a source for more in-depth and focused research. The Handbook is both scholarly and easy to follow. The authors break the subjects down into subdivisions when necessary. Each chapter also ends with a list of references used by its author. All of these elements make this set valuable to users.

Come take a look at this or other titles in the Dewey Reference Collection -- you may be suprised at the great information you are quickly able to find! And don’t forget -- if you are working on a project in the area of Public Administration/Policy, Subject Specialist Dick Irving is here to help. You can always e-mail or call him (442-3698) to set up an appointment.

Blog post created by David Phillips.