What_is_PublicPolicy

What_is_PublicPolicy - Welcome to POL 222 Women Politics...

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Welcome to Welcome to POL 222: Women, POL 222: Women, Politics, and Public Policy Politics, and Public Policy
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What is politics? Hannah Pitkin defines politics as “the activity through which relatively large and permanent groups of people determine what they will collectively do, settle how they will live together, and decide their future, to whatever extent this is within their power” (Pitkin, 1981, p.343).
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Robert Unger defines politics as “the struggle over the resources and arrangements that set the terms of our practical and passionate relations. Preeminent among these arrangements is the formative institutional and imaginative context of social life” (Unger, 1987, p.145). The role of POWER in determining these relationships or arrangements is often seen as especially political.
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Definitions of Public Policy “Public policy is whatever governments choose to do or not to do” (Dye, 1998, p.2) Policy refers to “a course of action or inaction pursued under the authority of government” (Heclo, 1974, p.4).
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“Policy silences” or “non-decisions” can be considered policy outcomes
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2011 for the course AAS 271 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Purdue.

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