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Public Policy in Contentious Times

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Public Policy in Contentious Times

9781802200812 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US
Publication Date: November 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80220 081 2 Extent: 160 pp
US society today is widely seen as being split into constituencies which have sequestered themselves in two or more silos, with policy discussion between them having become impossible. The treatise of this book is that denizens of the United States need not be confined in silos but, rather, that major economic policies – drugs, alcohol, and suicide; schooling; major economic issues; infrastructure, urban and regional policy; and the environment – have powerful impacts on many members of each of these silos.

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US society today is widely seen as being split into constituencies which have sequestered themselves in two or more silos, with policy discussion between them having become impossible. The treatise of this book is that denizens of the United States need not be confined in silos but, rather, that major economic policies – drugs, alcohol, and suicide; schooling; major economic issues; infrastructure, urban and regional policy; and the environment – have powerful impacts on many members of each of these silos.

From this recognition comes an understanding that public policy initiatives that treat each of the policy areas with equity are conceivable and can in fact be implemented.
In addition, individuals will be able to engage in the destruction of disrespectful silo-to-silo bickering and work to create a dialogue based on mutual understanding that has been sorely missing for the past several years. The author stresses that are few things that are of more importance for society’s collective future than bridging these barriers.

This passionate analysis of Public Policy in Contentious Times will be of great interest to academics interested in urban and regional issues and in the formation of public policy. It will also be helpful to political consultants and politicians, and individuals who are ardently interested in contemporary politics.
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‘Kresl makes a significant contribution in identifying an approach to the formulation of public policies in the context of polarization so present currently. Space does not allow a summary of his analysis, but his analysis of the effects of the geography of place ie Blue and Red States, urban, regional, town and city impacts on policy choices is a good example of an approach which can help to identify a set of policies suitable for different citizens and organizations. It should be read, listened to or reviewed by American citizens and elected politicians at all levels of governance. He presents a unique analysis which should be of interest as we near debates preparing elections in the US.’
– Pierre-Paul Proulx, University of Montreal, Canada
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