Alaska Politics and Public Policy, the Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power, recently published by the University of Alaska Press and edited by Clive S. Thomas, includes chapters from five past and present ISER faculty.
The comprehensive examination of Alaska politics, policy, and government, includes an overview of public policy by former ISER director Fran Ulmer, an analysis of Outside forces on Alaska’s economy by former ISER director and professor emeritus Gunnar Knapp, an overview of the Alaska Permanent Fund by former ISER director and professor emeritus Scott Goldsmith, and overview of Alaska’s K-12 and university systems by Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) director Diane Hirshberg and ISER associate director Alexandra Hill.
“Making Public Policy in Alaska: An Overview of the Process and its Political Dynamics,” by Ulmer and Thomas, provides theories of the public policy process and their practical applications along with a description of Alaska policy-making environments and Alaska policy makers, both individuals and organizations.
Knapp describes the impact of private sector forces outside Alaska on the state’s economy in “Alaska’s Political Economy: Outside Forces, Economic Viability, and Public Policy Options.” Alaska’s remote location and dependence upon businesses and markets outside of the state are a limiting factor on how Alaska’s economy can be developed.
Goldsmith provides an overview of the Alaska Permanent Fund, looking at the past, present and future prospects and challenges of the fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend in, “The Alaska Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend: The Owner State’s Experiment in Managing Petroleum Wealth.”
“Education –K-12 and the University: Meeting the Needs of all Alaska Students?” Hirshberg, Hill, Bernice M. Joseph and Clive Thomas looks at Alaska’s current education systems and the politics, policy making and education lobby’s influence on issues and challenges.
The book is available now from University of Alaska Press.