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POLS 206 11/15/2011 Policy: The “Meat” of  American Politics
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Easy Definition l What governments chooses to do, or not  to do on behalf of its citizens l Ultimate outcome of government activity l End-product of our political choices l Sets the tone in three most critical areas 1.  Economic 2. Social 3. Foreign/military
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Controversy l Policy costs money = taxes l Divides people: who gets what and why? l Ideological agenda: advance liberal or  conservative goals? l Is the policy even necessary?
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This is Policy
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I. 5 Aspects of Policy l Goals and Plans --Can discover  government’s agenda here l Policy types --Where first real fights  begin --Costs become an issue l Policy form --Gauge seriousness of  government l Who benefits --Fights over who gets  what and why l Policy culture/environment --Predict  possible success
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l Substantive: what government is going to  do; goal to be achieved. l
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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