Ginsberg Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 Domestic Policy A Public Policy is an official statement that is backed by a law, a rule, or a regulation. The goals of  public policies are the goals of the government. They change slightly, depending on which party is  in power, but are still bound by the Constitution.  The goals of our government are to: Promote public order Protect private property Protect the citizens and the government from internal and external rivals How does the government accomplish these goals? Regulation of the economy: don’t kid yourself-it doesn’t matter which party is in  power- our economy is heavily regulated o Promote business and state government with grants and subsidies o Enforce contracts Regulation of society to achieve social order o Police regulation o Administrative regulation o Taxation o Expropriation-eminent domain What are the Agenda Issues? 1. Public Goods: How much and what kind The kinds of  public goods available in a society speak to what the society thinks is important. In the  U.S., health care reform is controversial. Why?? We favor individual solutions to individual problems We hate paying taxes & we hate paying for things for free riders We do not trust government bureaucracy to effectively administer programs We fear that inefficiency will raise costs Because of this there has been limited  Political Will  to provide universal health care.   Social Expenditures- the things a state provides for the citizens, and pays for through taxes Education Health care-in the U.S-inoculations   in Arkansas-ARKids 1
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Welfare & Food stamps Distributive Policy- Programs that take resources, usually in the form of payments, and give  benefits out in proportion to payments (Social Security) You pay in-you get out Redistributive Policy -policies that take resources, usually in the form of taxes, and redistribute 
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