The book includes theoretical and methodological approaches regarding the public policy cycle: setting the agenda, making the decision, implementing the public policy, the evaluation, and monitoring. An effective public policy making process requires a clear definition of the roles and competencies of the actors involved. Good cooperation must exist between them.
Three chapters are dedicated to the particularities of the public policy cycle in three developed countries, following the general framework, the ministerial organization and its role in the process, the functions of the ministries (Spain), the organizational structure of the ministries involved in the process (Portugal), and general aspects and tools used in the public policy process (Canada).
The last chapter of the book presents a comparative approach to the process of developing public policies in these three countries.