1. Policy analysis: what governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. p.2.-- 2. Models of politics: some help in thinking about public policy. p.14.-- 3. The policymaking process: decision-making activities. p.32.-- 4. Policy evaluation: finding out wthat happens after a law is passed. p.62.-- 5. Federalism and state policies: Institutional arangements and policy variations. p.82.-- 6. Criminal justice: Rationality and irrationality in public policy. p.106.-- 7. Welfare: The search for rational strategies. p.140.-- 8. Health care: Attempting a rational-comprehensive transformation. p.160.-- 9. Education: Group struggles. p.174.-- 10. Economic policy: challenging incrementalisn. p.206.-- 11. Tax policy: Battling the special interests. p.228.-- 12. International trade and inmigration: Elite-Mass conflict. p.248.-- 13. Energy and the environment: externalities and interests. p.268.-- 14. Civil rights: Elite and mass interation. p.292.-- 15. Defense policy: Strategies for serious games. p. 324.-- 16. Homeland security: Terrorisn and nondeterrable threats. p.352.