Public Policy

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Unformatted text preview: 1 FOUNDATIONS: What is Public Policy? January 13, 2010 1 2 Outline: What is Public Policy? Elements of Public Policy Discussions Elements of Public Policy Definitions Definitions of Public Policy Governments Role in Public Policy Instruments of Public Policy Ideology, Values and Public Policy Enduring and Emergent Dimensions of Public Policy Institutions and Public Policy 2 3 Elements of Public Policy Discussions a. Public policy should distinguish between what governments intend to do and what in fact they actually do (governmental inactivity is as important as governmental activity) b. Public policy ideally involves all levels of government and is not necessarily restricted to formal actorsinformal actors are also extremely important c. Public policy is persuasive and is not solely limited to legislation, executive orders, rules, and regulations d. Public policy is an intentional course of action with an accomplished end goal as its objective e. Public policy is both long term and short term 3 4 Elements of Public Policy Definitions a. Governmental authorityunder the direct development and influence of government; legitimacy b. Develop through action or inactiondo something or prevent something c. Carry purposes and intentionsbased on values, opinions, prejudices, biases; policy is culturally driven d. Have outcomes or effects on people and societyaffect the lives of individuals in direct, personal, and continuous ways e. Are problem orienteda governmental response to a perceived need or public demand 4 5 Public Policy Definitions Dye : What governments choose to do or not to do Lasswell : Who gets what, when, and how...
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