Theories of Public Policy

Theories of Public Policy - 1 Uses of Models Selected...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Uses of Models Selected Models 2 1. What is public policy? 2. Who participates in policy making? 3. How are policy decisions made? 4. What do you believe are the 2 most important policy areas? Why? 3 Simplify and clarify our thinking about politics and public policy Identify important aspects of policy problems Help us to communicate with each other by focusing on essential features of political life Direct our efforts to understand public policy better by suggesting what is important and unimportant Suggest explanations for public policy and predict its consequences 4 There are 4 questions you should be able to answer about each of the theories or models you will be exposed to: 5 1. Who participates in policy making? 2. How are policy decisions made? 3. What are the underlying assumptions of the theory/model? 4. If the author is right, what are the consequences for the general public of policy decisions made in accordance with the particular theory/model? 6 Public policy as institutional output Who: executive, legislative, and judicial branches How: policy is authoritatively determined, implemented, and enforced by these institutions (legitimacy, universality, and coercion) Implications/assumptions: individuals have little impact; structure/design affects outcomes 7...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PPD 225 taught by Professor Lewis during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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