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Introduction to Policy Studies

by: Victoria Snow

Introduction to Policy Studies 110

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These notes are from August 25, 2016, the second day of class. I just switched into the class on this day so this is all I have from Week 1. These notes cover what we talked about in class- Easterl...
Global Policy Issues
Dr. Zimmerman
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Date Created: 09/01/16
PLCY 110 Notes for 8/25/16 Policies studies- assessing the impact of solutions on target problem Two different ideologies in policy studies: Easterly (pessimist, believes there are no patterns between countries and different policies, wants customized policies per country) VS Sachs (trial and error, wants to take a policy from country A and apply it to country B) -Capitalism - social and economic system in which means of production are privately owned and operated in which resource allocation is determined by supply and demand -Socialism - social and economic system in which means of production are collectively owned and equal allocation of resources is given at high priority -Democracy - form of government in which all adult citizens can elect representatives to determine the laws by which their society is run. Includes: free and fair competitive elections, separation of powers among the leaders, and protection of civil liberties (free speech, press, etc.) -Dictatorship - political control resides in a single or few entities -State capacity - what things governments can do- capacity to penetrate society, regulate social relations, extract resources, and appropriate or use resources in determined ways -Transparency- ability to see what government does- ability of a principal to observe an agent’s behavior and the consequences of agent’s decisions. -Accountability- do something about what government does- one is empowered by some formal institutional or perhaps informal rules to sanction or reward another person for her activities or performance -Policymaker- Government institution / legislative body / government official- people who are in charge of making those decision to make a policy -Interest Groups - Actors “consulted” to enact policy. Not necessarily always intended for certain individuals to become an interest group…but they are one anyway. “Beneficiaries”- Those affected, positively or negatively…most likely the people that the policy is helping or attacking.


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