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December 9th Notes

by: Audrey West

December 9th Notes UAPP110

Audrey West
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Changing the World and Public Policy
Erin Knight

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Changing the World and Public Policy
Erin Knight
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Date Created: 12/09/15
December 9th Notes Wrap Up amp Looking Forward Lobbyist not always necessarily a bad thing engage in some type of change for private or public interest 0 Advocacy proposing a certain course of action trying to INFLUENCE policymakers in a certain way want some sort of CHANGE Bias in the news a lot of it is profit driven painting the picture you want to see power of what they report 0 Question what you read or see Climate change it is a problem what can be done about it Social security we are dealing with it now money being taken out of paycheck 6 stages of the ideal policy process 0 Even the IDEAL process is complicated and long There may be more than two sides we always present things as being opposing but there may be multiple ways to look at the same thing Public policy is problem solving It is what government does about PUBLIC PROBLEMS Public problems are conditions the public widely perceives as unacceptable requiring intervention What is unacceptable depends on values magnitude evidence and context Reasons for government intervention often economic ethical moral Context matters Scale matters some problems are local some are national some are global 0 Scale of government Various actors play a role in the policy process Formal actors The way our government is structured directly in uences the policy process BY DESIGN Often hard to determine which level of government has responsibility or should have responsibility to solve a problem Incremental policymaking is par for the course Informal actors Citizens communities Interest groups Media Think tanks Political parties Careful of myths in the news and holding onto those myths because you want them to be true POLICY ANALYSIS includes study of problems and solutions causes and consequences It relies primarily on evidence to improve public policy 0 Use of evidence is somewhat subjective example how did you define your problems What should be done about them It uses specific criteria to judge the merit of a policy or compare options 0 Rarely possible to maximum all criteria tradeoffs are standard in the policy process Values and common ground Wicked problems are inherently complex Identities assumptions and con ict Shared values as the starting point for compromise


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