The policy process - The policy process I. Nature of...

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The policy process I. Nature of decision making in the U.S. A. Incrementalism B. Complexity of system II. Uses of data A. Uses of symbols III. Role of normative values IV. Policy initiation A. Problem definition (framing) -AIDS originally framed as a gay and IV drug users (people who have a choice) -changes to innocents: mothers pass to children, hemophiliacs (Ryan White) -Magic Johnson: put it in our faces, revealed the vulnerability of heterosexuals -women who contract HIV from monogamous (on their part) relationships -changing of women’s health (1960s, no hits; last two years, 100,000 hits) B. Agenda setting -policy agenda: issues that are going to be a concern, discussed in the public sector -currently: children’s health (Obama and Bush administrations); not 20 years ago -if it’s not defined as a problem, it can’t be on the agenda (girls taking math, science, doing sports in high school): it becomes an issue, moves onto the agenda -not everything makes it from agenda stage to forming public policy
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course POSC POSC343 taught by Professor Palley during the Spring '09 term at University of Delaware.

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