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Exam 1 essay - Andrew Stilinovic Public Policy Exam Jones...

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Andrew Stilinovic 5/7/2009 Public Policy Exam Jones vs. All Charles O. Jones describes in his book An Introduction to the Study of Public Policy his idea about how the process of public policy is crafted. Studying this work as well as other works in the same field can give a much better understanding of how the policy process works through the governmental system and beyond. Jones has some similarities and differences within the work that Cobb and Elder proposed in their article Participation in American Politics: the Dynamics of Agenda Building . This paper will also cover contrasts that occur with the book Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies by John Kingdon. Finally this paper will investigate the criteria that Thomas R. Dye proposes in his book Understanding Public Policy. Examining these works in the context of each other will grant a better understanding of the way in which public policy is crafted. Cobb and Elder have given two different categories that lead to the creation of an issue in the government. The first is the initiator of the particular event that will create the policy. The first part of this stage of the policy consists of an occurrence of an unanticipated event where an issue at hand becomes visible to the general public. The corresponding action in the Jones public policy process is the first stage of his process which he describes as the perception/definition stage. The question that he attaches to this stage is “What is the problem to which this proposal is directed?” (Jones, 27). So these are the two discovery phases for these two authors that are somewhat different. Jones does not seem to require an event or some action to stimulate the government into action. It would seem that the only things that is completely necessary in the Jones schema is the idea of a problem instead of an actual event that brings it to light. The next three stages that Jones proposes can fit somewhat into a description of the actors that are discussed in the model proposed by Cobb and Elder. These three steps are the aggregation, organization, and representation stages. These stages ask the questions how many people think it is important, what is their organization status, and what access to government do these people have. Cobb and Elder describe the three types of people that facilitate these goals in the theory that Jones is proposing. The first is described as the do-gooder who is raises the issue for only reasons that are
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philanthropic and have not personal gain from the issue. The second is the
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