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The Policymaking Process

The Policymaking Process - was not until the 1990s that...

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The Policymaking Process Public policy refers to the actions taken by government — its decisions that are intended  to solve problems and improve the quality of life for its citizens. At the federal level,  public policies are enacted to regulate industry and business, to protect citizens at home  and abroad, to aid state and city governments and people such as the poor through  funding programs, and to encourage social goals.  A policy established and carried out by the government goes through several stages  from inception to conclusion. These are agenda building, formulation, adoption,  implementation, evaluation, and termination.  Agenda building Before a policy can be created, a problem must exist that is called to the attention of the  government. Illegal immigration, for example, has been going on for many years, but it 
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Unformatted text preview: was not until the 1990s that enough people considered it such a serious problem that it required increased government action. Another example is crime. American society tolerates a certain level of crime; however, when crime rises dramatically or is perceived to be rising dramatically, it becomes an issue for policymakers to address. Specific events can place a problem on the agenda. The flooding of a town near a river raises the question of whether homes should be allowed to be built in a floodplain. New legislation on combating terrorism (the USA Patriot Act, for example) was a response to the attacks of September 11, 2001....
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