References

Canetti, E. (1962 edn) Crowds and Power, Harmondsworth, Penguin.
Foner, P.S. (1977) History of the Labor Movement in the United States, vol. 3, New York, International Publications.
Koebner, R. and Schmidt, H.D. (1964) Imperialism: The Story and Significance of a Political Word, 1840–1950, Cambridge University Press.
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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • understand the value of modelling the public policy – action relationship;

  • explain the mechanical, organic, cultural and political models of the policy – action relationship.

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