Denis J. Woods

Shepherd University
Political Science

P.O. Box 175
Shepherdstown, WV

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I am working on a methodological manuscript that may be of use to undergraduate teachers of public policy. The method attempts to identify policies by tracing eight indicators of policy. Many of the eight are familiar to policy analysts; others less so. U.S. housing policy is used as the primary example.

Woods, Denis J. 2006. "Forty Million Uninsured: The Ethics of Public Policy." Public Integrity 8 (2):149-164.
Abstract: This essay presents an approach to analyzing public policy in terms of fundamental societal values. The policy and underlying values behind the situation of the 40 million Americans who have no health insurance are examined by borrowing concepts used by medical ethicians and adding the more familiar concepts of justice and equity, life and liberty. The discussion concludes, with reference to the Declaration of Independence as a foundational document, that American policy on health insurance is ethically deficient.
DOI: 10.2753/PIN1099-9922080203

Substantive Focus:
Health Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY