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Living the Policy Process

Philip B. Heymann


Policymaking in large bureaucracies is hardly a simple process. Even the most respected policymakers have to contend with obstacles that seemingly have little to do with the issue at hand—office politics, work structure, and shifting political environments. Yet learning to manage such complex environments is necessary for good policymaking. This book outlines the complex thought processes of policymakers as they struggle to influence both foreign and domestic policy decisions from within the United States government bureaucracy. Focusing on three critical situations to illuminate the politics ... More

Keywords: policymaking, large bureaucracies, policymakers, office politics, work structure, shifting political environments, missiles, Mujahideen, Afghanistan, smoking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip B. Heymann, author
Harvard Law School