Reading Summary 2.docx - Marie Oetzel PAD 3100-800-FA19 The Political and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration In chapter 2 of

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Marie Oetzel PAD 3100-800-FA19 The Political and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration In chapter 2 of our text we focus on 5 major themes. The first theme explored is “What is Public Policy” A policy is defined as a decision that creates structures and direction. A public policy is a decision made by a government on what to or not to do. Decisions are often made by the executive powers and fall under three theories or views. The restricted view which only gives power through express permissions, the Prerogative theory which expressed a potential for “extraordinary” knowledge and power to preserve a nation, and the Stewardship theory which expressed that the president has the best interest of the people and should be free to make decisions for them. The second theme is “The Policy Making Process.” Policies are presented in writing to support of oppose a particular policy or reform. Election debates are often centered around policy oppositions. The process of creating a policy often follows four steps. The first step is agenda
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