Note From the Author

In the past twenty-five years, this book has been used, tested, and evaluated in degree programs in social science departments and in professional schools of public policy and public administration in this country and abroad. The book has been translated from English into other languages including Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Romanian, and Spanish. I have used, tested, and evaluated parts of the book in training programs and projects in countries of the European Union, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. 

The revisions incorporated in this edition reflect much of what I have learned from these teaching and training experiences and from my doing policy analysis for agencies and ministries at the local, state, national, and international levels. Over the years many students and faculty colleagues have improved this book. Although the full list is too long to present here, I will say only that my best constructive critics have been students in the MPA Program in Public Management and Policy and the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy Research and Analysis, both in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. I am also grateful to students and faculty at the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management in Skopje, Macedonia, a great institution with some of the best students I have ever taught. I also thank three anonymous reviewers of this edition and reviewers of the 3rd edition, including David Nice of Washington State University,David Houston of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Louise Comfort of the University of Pittsburgh. Sheila Kelly, Lien Rung-Kao, Sujatha Raman, and Eric Sevigny assisted in preparing materials for previous editions. I am grateful to Kate Freed for editorial and technical assistance with the 3rd edition, to Bojana Aceva-Andonova for assistance with this one, and to Rob DeGeorge for skillfully managing the production process.

William N. Dunn
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh and
Macedonia Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management Skopje, Republic of Macedonia