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Public Policy- The Field of Public Policy

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Public Policy- The Field of Public Policy POLS 326

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These notes are from a class discussion going over the field of Public Policy
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Troy Holder on Tuesday March 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 326 at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months taught by Melissa Merry in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Public Policy in Political Science at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months.

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Date Created: 03/22/16
The Field of Public Policy Laswell  Dates to mid 1950’s (Laswell) o Belief that a “science of public policy” could be developed to minimize the need for unproductive political debate  Problem oriented  Use the quantitative research methods  Theoretical  Value oriented  Criticisms o Elitist (leaves little role for the citizens) o Scientific method may not translate well to the realm of politics The field of Public Policy Today  Policy Process studies o Studies of the policy process, beginning from problem identification and end night with evaluation and feedback o Question: How is policy made? o Empirical questions like what is and how to things work  Policy Analysis o Emerged in the 1960’s and 1970’s (“Great Society”) o Efforts to analyze policies using data and statistical techniques. Much of the method derives from economics o Question: How can we make good policy? o Normative, how should things be? How should this work? The Stages of the Policy Process - This is a basic representational model of the process, this helps people divide up workloads 1) Issue Emergence  Learning about the existence of a problem or a condition  Condition- state of affairs  Problem- negative situation which government should address 2) Agenda Setting  The list of policy problems that will be talked about  Requires prioritization’s with the issues addressed  Systemic/public agenda- what the people care about and what is going on in the media The Field of Public Policy  Formal/institutional agenda- what bills are being considered or topics of congressional hearings, what issues are talked about in the institutions of government 3) Alternative Selection  The different options available to handle situations/issues  Various possible policy options 4) Enactment  Choosing the alternatives and then formally turning the policies into law  Formal process of making policies into law 5) Implementation How the policy will be put into law 6) Evaluation


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