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3.31.11 - Sociological Analysis of Social Problems Policymakers Who are policy-makers In government policy is made at all levels Legislators

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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems March 31, 2011 Policymakers
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Who are policy-makers? In government, policy is made at all levels: Legislators Executive branch (executive orders) Courts (so-called “activist” courts) Institutes and agencies, i.e., the “fed”, the IRS, the CDC Most policy-making is invisible
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Policy is also made in other arenas– i.e., SEC commission, professional orgs (AMA), individual businesses, churches, universities
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Policy Domain That part of the political system that focuses on a particular social issue, such as family problems, criminal justice, or health policy. This network of people may oversee several “policy arenas” in which claims about their area of expertise are presented, e.g. a congressional committee hearing
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Policy Arena A setting where claims can be presented Policy arenas include: Congressional committee hearings Newsletters Media/op-eds Larry King show!
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Policymaking vs Policy Implementation Legislation and rules can be
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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3.31.11 - Sociological Analysis of Social Problems Policymakers Who are policy-makers In government policy is made at all levels Legislators

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