Contained in this book is a series of essays which investigate the usefulness of history in understanding the creation and evolution of government policy. The essays examine public policy and programs
at state and federal levels in various policy areas, including social security, public health, water management, education, and energy. Collectively, they suggest that public officials and policy analysts would enhance
their understanding of policy development by studying policy-oriented history. This book is geared primarily to public historians, history graduate students, planners, and policy analysts.