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Soc 3 Week 5

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Soc 3 Week 5 SOC 3

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This 16 page Class Notes was uploaded by SK3232 on Saturday April 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 3 at University of California - Irvine taught by Rosales in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see Social Problems in Sociology at University of California - Irvine.


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Date Created: 04/30/16
Social Problems Policy and Policymakingry 1, 2016 1 2 SOCIAL PROBLEMS PROCESS MODEL MEDIA SOCIAL POLICY CLAIMSMAKING COVERAGE PUBLIC REACTIONPOLICYMAKING PROBLEMS WORK OUTCOMES 3 Important Term ¡ Policymakers – People who are able to establish a social policy of some kind. Study of policymaking à study of legislative bodies ¡  Make laws ¡  Allocate funds to implement laws ¡  Issue guidelines to official agencies (FBI, EPA) to administer laws ¡  Appellate courts rule on constitutionality of laws ¡  Nongovernmental institutions make policy too (e.g. homeless shelters) Broader Policymaking 4 ¡ Policies also made by nongovernmental bodies/institutions: 1. Corporations 2. Churches 3. Professions 4. Charities Important Term 5 ¡ Policy domains – The part of the political system that focuses on a particular troubling condition. The network of people who share an interest in a particular policy issue. 6 Federal Agencies Health Health Policy Interest Experts Groups Health Policy Domain Professionals Think Tanks Competition for Attention 7 ¡ Claimsmakers compete for media attention. ¡ Media Agenda ¡ Claimsmakers compete for legislators attention. ¡ Legislators’ Agenda ¡ The role of lobbyists Ownership: The Sentencing 8 Project 9 Source: The Nation, “Occupy Storms K Street” Term 10 ¡ Lobbyists – Professionals responsible for knowing the ins and outs of the legislative process, who maintain networks of contacts with legislators and their staff members, and who understand how to effectively package claims to attract legislators’ interest and support. Streams of policymaking 11 1.  Problem recognition stream – The set of claims that policymakers hear about a troubling condition. Streams of policymaking 12 1.  Problem recognition stream 2.  Policy proposal stream – A set of policy proposals that policymakers hear for addressing a troubling condition. Streams of policymaking 13 1.  Problem recognition stream 2.  Policy proposal stream 3.  Political stream – The current political situation recognized by policymakers in which a troubling condition might be addressed. 14 Kingdon’s Streams of Policymaking Problem Policy Political Recognition Stream Proposal Situation Stream Stream Confluence When streams merge, opportunities are greatest for social policy change 15 Policymaking Problem Recognition POLICY ELEMENTS: Stream •  Causal Stories (accidental, intentional, etc) Policy Proposal POLICYMAKERS •  Target Populations Stream (villains, victims, etc.) •  Purposes (instrumental, symbolic, etc.) Political •  Other Situation Stream Wednesday and Friday 16 ¡ Class presentations


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