Chapter 1 Book Notes

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Chapter 1 Book Notes 13/01/2010 15:51:00 Policy Analysis Public policy: whatever govts choose to do or not to do  o Not everything that govt does is reflected in govt expenditures Exp: regulatory activity  o Govt spending is a common indicator of govt functions and priorities  o Do not always work as intended  Policy expansion and govt growth o More and more Americans turned to govt to solve societal  problems=>govt grew in size and public policy expanded in scope to  emcompass just about every sector of American life  o Total federal, state and local govt spending now exceeds 30% of the  GDP(the size of the economy) o Limits on govt power Political science: study of public policy  o The description and explanation of the causes and consequences of  govt activity  o Causes of public policy  Independent variables Various political, social, economics and cultural 
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Unformatted text preview: determinants Dependent variables Policies o Consequences Policy evaluation Policy advocacy o Requires the skills of rhetoric, persuasion, organization and activism Policy analysis encourages scholars and students to attacks critical policy issues with the tools of systematic inquiry o 1) understanding o 2) a rigorous search for the causes and consequences of public policies o 3) to develop general theories about public policy that are reliable and that apply to different government agencies and different policy areas o problems cannot offer solutions to problems when there is no general agreement on what the problems are social problems are so complex that social scientists are unable to make accurate prediction about the impact of proposed policies 13/01/2010 15:51:00 13/01/2010 15:51:00...
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