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Policy Analysis

by: Kendall Willey

Policy Analysis 4473

Kendall Willey
OK State
GPA 3.7

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These notes cover the policy analysis notes from lecture including my own explanation of topics as well as Dr. Henderson's comments from class.
Policy, Law, and Advocacy
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Date Created: 02/07/16
HDFS  4473  Policy,  Law,  and  Advocacy     1   Notes  from  week  2/2  and  2/4:   Policy  Analysis-­‐     1.  What  is  public  policy?   • It  is  what  governments  choose  to  do  and  not  do  when  related  to  policy.   • The  government  chooses  whether  or  not  it…   o Regulates  conflict   o Controls  behaviors   o Organizes  society  to  address  conflict  with  groups  or  other  societies   o Distributes  benefits,  awards,  programs,  and  services  (ex.  Food  stamps,   WIC,  health  care)   o Retrieves  money  usually  from  taxes  so  it  can  distributed  as  stated   above     2.  Government  Growth  and  Expansion   • People  expect  the  government  to  assist  with  solving  personal  society   concerns.   • The  federal  government  has  grown  over  the  years.  We  went  from  a  small   government  to  a  larger  government.  Many  think  we  should  return  to  a   smaller  government  while  others  think  a  larger  one  is  best.   • In  this  same  way  the  GDP,  or  gross  domestic  product,  as  changes  as  well.  The   GDP  is  related  to  the  size  of  the  economy  so  it  too  increases  and  decreases.   • However,  not  all  goods  and  services  are  covered  in  the  GDP.  Regulatory  costs   are  outside  of  this  calculation.  These  costs  fall  on  the  individual  person  and   businesses.     3.  Why  Do  We  Need  to  Talk  About  This?   • We  need  a  basic  understanding  of  policymaking,  analysis,  and  procedure  to   understand  family  law  and  why  it’s  so  complex.  They’re  closely  related  on   many  levels.   • Most  of  us  don’t  have  the  basic  knowledge,  which  has  us  at  a  disadvantage.   • We’ll  understand  who  gets  what?  When?  And  how?   • It  also  involves…   o The  study  of  the  governmental  systems   o Federalism   o Separation  of  power   o Checks  and  balances   o Duties  of  the  three  branches     4.  Political  Science   • The  philosophical  justification  of  government   • It  examines  the  political  processes,  campaigning,  elections,  voting,  lobbying,   and  legislation  all  fall  under  the  term  political  science.   • It  describes  the  causes  and  consequences  of  actions  taken  or  not  taken  by  the   government.  Which  is  similar  to  what  is  public  policy.   HDFS  4473  Policy,  Law,  and  Advocacy     2     5.  Political  Analysis   • Political  analysts  seek  to  explain…   o What  governments  do?   o Why  governments  do  things?   o What,  if  any,  differences  do  they  make?   o What  can  we  learn  from  the  analysis?  


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