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Public Policy: Basic Concepts and Theories (in Hebrew)

David Nachmias, Lauder School of. Government, IDC Herzliya
Ori Arbel-Ganz, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University
Assaf Meydani, The School of Government and Society, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo

Abstract

The first book of the trilogy deals with the Foundations and Principles of Public Policy. The other two books deal with "Public Policy in Israel: Institutions and Processes" and "Public Policy in Israel: Major Aspects and Case Studies". Public policy research gained momentum from the second half of the 20th century and is currently considered an independent scientific discipline. The discipline describes and studies policy models, normative and positivist approaches to policy design and implementation, types of policy, areas of policy, governance ability and patterns (government quality) and policy assessment, that often change according to regime, government, political, economic, social and even global characteristics. The importance of public policy for understanding the mutual processes between state, society and the individual grows with the increasing complexity of the characteristics of the democratic state. The State of Israel as a case study is rich in unique characteristics as well as factors and circumstances that directly and indirectly influence the design, implementation and assessment processes of public policy, and certainly its outcomes. The course provides students with knowledge of basic concepts and theoretical and applied approaches to the analysis and examination of public policy and extends their understanding of key policy issues in Israel. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the course includes the fundamentals of political thought, sociological foundations and provides economic, political, legal, managerial and ethical perspectives. Topics: Public policy in a democratic state, the development of the democratic state in western countries; State-society ideologies as the basis for public policy; Normative justification for state intervention in the life of individuals and society; Positivist justification for public policy; Public policy outcomes; Types of policy; Public policy between three sectors; Public policy stages; Government culture and its effect on public policy design-implementation-assessment; Public policy in Israel: judicial and institutional characteristics of Israeli democracy; Authorities and institutions that shape and influence public policy in Israel; Non-government stakeholders and their influence on public policy in Israel; Central issues in public policy in Israel; Governance crisis in Israel and application barriers

Suggested Citation

David Nachmias, Ori Arbel-Ganz, and Assaf Meydani. "Public Policy: Basic Concepts and Theories (in Hebrew)" Open University of Israel Publications (2010).