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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Theories of Introduction Public Policy Public Outline Uses of Models Types of Models Decision Making Activities 1 Uses of Models Simplify and clarify our thinking about politics and Simplify public policy public Identify important aspects of policy problems Help us to communicate with each other by focusing Help communicate on essential features of political life on Direct our efforts to understand public policy better Direct by suggesting what is important and unimportant important unimportant Suggest explanations for public policy and predict its Suggest consequences consequences
2 Types of Models
There are 4 questions you should be able to There answer about each of the theories or models each you will be exposed to: you 3 1. Who participates in policy making? 1. Who 2. How are policy decisions made? How 3. What are the underlying assumptions of the underlying assumptions theory/model? theory/model? 4. If the author is right, what are the consequences for the general public of policy consequences decisions made in accordance with the particular theory/model? particular
4 1. Institutionalism
Public policy as institutional output Public Who: executive, legislative, and judicial branches How: policy is authoritatively determined, policy implemented, and enforced by these institutions (legitimacy, universality, and coercion) (legitimacy, Implications/assumptions: individuals have little individuals impact; structure/design affects outcomes impact;
5 2. Process Model
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2009 for the course PPD 225 taught by Professor Lewis during the Spring '07 term at USC.
- Spring '07