5.2.06 - The Politics of Policy Who is the constituency,...

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The Politics of Policy Who is the constituency, what do they want, and why do they want it? All policy has costs and benefits – diffuse and specific costs and benefits. Diffuse means it is spread out, specific means it is specific to individuals. Motivation, if benefits outweigh the costs, then you will act. Mobilizing is a way to demonstrate to potential and current policy makers that you are in fact a constituency. Also, networking. Usually carried out by people who are known as experts. Special interests – everyone is a special interest. Everyone who has a policy interest is a special interest. If you use special interest, always specify which special interest you are talking about. If the costs to you are diffuse, that means you’re not paying a lot of the costs. If the benefits are specific, it means that you get a lot of benefits, and vice versa. Analytic perspective Social deviance We have raised the benefits to the rest of the people of controlling the social deviants. If
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course POLI SCI 145A taught by Professor Mares during the Spring '06 term at UCSD.

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5.2.06 - The Politics of Policy Who is the constituency,...

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