Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2013 developing public policy cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
304 pages
6 x 9 inches
December 2013
Print ISBN: 9781551305493
eBook ISBN: 9781551305516
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Overview

This manual for developing public policy in Canada explores the factors and dimensions involved in recognizing and resolving public problems. Siu puts forward six principles for developing good public policy and identifies the various approaches used to determine issues, conduct research, formulate policy options and recommendations, and derive intelligent decisions. Throughout the book, he provides a detailed outline of how an abstract policy idea is transformed into a public policy. With its presentation of vital strategies, tactics, guidelines, and checklists for public policy developers working in the Canadian federal or provincial government, Developing Public Policy will equip readers with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to successfully work in the field of public policy development.

This book is divided into two major sections: the first part offers an overview of the framework for developing public policies, while the second provides hands-on exercises detailing how to prepare and format policy documents. A clear and informed handbook grounded in the concrete experience of a former civil servant, Developing Public Policy is a go-to guide for both students and newcomers to the field who are interested in advocating for change within a government bureaucracy.

Features:

  • includes thirty-nine tables and figures, critical thinking questions, concise lists, a comprehensive index, and an extensive glossary
  • outlines six principles for effective public policy
  • contains instructions on how to create concrete policy development tools, including cabinet submissions, briefing notes, public consultation papers, and management board submissions


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Table of Contents

Part I: A Framework for Public Policy Development
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Public Policy Developers
Chapter 3 Public Policy and the Government
Chapter 4 Public Policy Products
Chapter 5 Principles of Good Public Policy
Chapter 6 Identifying Public Policy Issues
Chapter 7 Conducting Research and Analyzing Information
Chapter 8 Formulating Policy Options and Recommendations
Chapter 9 Determining Public Policies for Implementation
Chapter 10 Conclusion

Part II: Policy Product Exercises
Exercise 1 Correspondence: Energy
Exercise 2 Briefing Note: Employment and Youth
Exercise 3 House Book Note: Environment
Exercise 4 Decision Note: Education and Aboriginal Affairs
Exercise 5 Research Plan: Training and Persons with Disabilities
Exercise 6 Research Paper: Tourism
Exercise 7 Discussion Paper: Health Care
Exercise 8 Public Consultation Plan: Internet Gaming
Exercise 9 Public Consultation Paper: Immigration
Exercise 10 Stakeholder Consultation Paper: International Trade
Exercise 11 Cabinet Submission: Equity and Women
Exercise 12 Cabinet Presentation: Telecommunication
Exercise 13 Management Board Submission: Education and Men
Exercise 14 Role-Playing the Decision-Making Process: Public Housing

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Bobby Siu

Dr. Bobby Siu teaches in the Master of Public Policy, Administration, and Law program at York University. He has 16 years of public policy development, program implementation, and public administration experience in the government sector.


Reviews

"Developing Public Policy is a “hands-on” and “grounded” tool kit for people charged with the responsibility of recognizing and resolving public problems within the culture and structure of contemporary government work.

Developing Public Policy chock full of strategies, tactics, guidelines and checklists suitable for entry-level public sector professionals and useful, too, as a refresher in the basics even for people who have been on the job for a longer time."read more...
—  Howard A. Doughty, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Modern Political Thought, Seneca College

"Taking students from the inception of a policy idea to its implementation, with hands-on exercises and case study material, this book promises to be a valuable professional development experience and contribution to the field. With a focus on the Canadian experience, the research reflects the current state of public policy planning with an exciting and needed synthesis."
—  Lorne Foster, Professor, Department of Equity Studies and Graduate Program Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration, York University

Instructor Resources


When you adopt Bobby Siu’s Developing Public Policy we are pleased to provide you with a sample syllabus to aid in the organization and development of your upcoming course. The syllabus includes a description of course objectives, suggestions for student evaluation, a comprehensive lecture schedule, and assignment descriptions.

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