13 Best Public Affairs & Policy

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Public Affairs & Policy in 2020


Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Public Policy: The Essential Readings

Public Policy: The Essential Readings
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

The Ethics of Dissent (Kettl Series)

The Ethics of Dissent (Kettl Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
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System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century Governance (Kettl Series)

System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century Governance (Kettl Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
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Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (Kettl Series)

Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs (Kettl Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
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Public Policy: The Essential Readings (2nd Edition)

Public Policy: The Essential Readings (2nd Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
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Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis

Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Issues for Debate in American Public Policy; Selections from CQ Researcher 18th

Issues for Debate in American Public Policy; Selections from CQ Researcher 18th
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
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Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (Kettl Series)

Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (Kettl Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
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An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making

An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
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The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government (Kettl Series)

The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government (Kettl Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
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Social Insurance: America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future (Public Affairs and Policy Administration)

Social Insurance: America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future (Public Affairs and Policy Administration)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

UCLA Study Results Show LA Rooftops Can More Than Power the Entire City

A new study by the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs shows that rooftops in the megalopolis can hold solar panel installations that generate 19,000 megawatts, about three times what the entire city uses in a day.

These appear on the surface to be welcomed results for a city with lofty ambitions in terms of converting to less nonrenewable energy sources by the end of the decade. How much is 19,000 megawatts of power? Well, according to the Luskin Center, the city uses approximately 6,177 megawatts of power, while a typical day takes up about 5,500 megawatts.

The real take-away from the report is the notion of serious potential. It scours varying types of properties within the study area and produces an atlas that, as the report's website states, includes maps that are "accompanied by a description of how the solar potential varies across single- and multi-family residences, commercial and industrial parcels, and non-profit and government parcels".

As pointed out on the CALFINDER Solar Blog (cited below), the spatial study, which basically counts the mass of rooftops in the metropolitan area, doesn't consider things such as "areas shaded by trees, or homes that wouldn't support solar installations". The well known elephant in the room, pointed out by Zach Behrens on the KCET SoCal Focus site, is that solar power relies on sunny days and isn't stored.

This shouldn't hamper what the real meanings of this study are to sustainability efforts in Los Angeles. First, only about a third of the rooftops need to be feasible to duplicate the current city megawatt usage. Second, the results put solar installations as a viable frontrunner of which to build an infrastructure, working along with wind power, and much less nonrenewable sources, to meet the city's sustainability goals by 2020.

The biggest impact of the study should be in its ability to re-mobilize government, environmental advocates, and community stakeholders to create solutions that actively take advantage of its results. Perhaps. voluntary, incentive-based, feasibility studies coordinated between government and nonprofit agencies on specific homes, particularly those homes where solar panel installation is an affordable option, would be a great start. It's not far-fetched to think those homes may use more energy than others. In a city that remembers the failed attempt by the government to plant a million trees and proposed to put solar panel legislation on the March 2020 ballot before it conducted a feasibility study, a prudent coordination of efforts would be a welcomed addition to the promising results of this study.

References

Lots of L.A. County Rooftops Ideal for Solar Power, Finds UCLA Report

Zach Behrens, 3/15/11, KCET SOCAL FOCUS

UCLA Study: Solar on L.A. Rooftops Could Power Whole City

CALFINDER Solar Blog. Solar Information, posted by Kayla, 3/18/11

LUSKIN CENTER REPORT: LOS ANGELES IS A ROOFTOP SOLAR HOTSPOT

Chris Blake, 3/14//11, Solar Done Right News

Luskin Center for Innovation, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

L.A.'s Mysterious Solar Energy Plan

Editorial, 12/22/08, Los Angeles Times

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