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Week 6 2/28/12 Public Policy Collective goods vs private goods Collective-goods for all vs private-individual units Factors that limit public policy Limits on actions of government Disagreement amongst powers that be and the public Subjective: what is the problem? What is the most appropriate solution? We don’t understand everything Humans are complex, unpredictable Big Issues Politics produces policy and policy produces politics Politics viewed as mediating variable b/w policy and economy Need to understand political economy How does the economy shape policy needs? Solutions? Race is a key element in US history Public Policy Mode- “how does this work”? View: policy as a response to demand Actors: Political systems (govt, institutions) and an environment (people, economy ect..) How’s it work? Society generates input, political system produces outputs
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Unformatted text preview: • Output: laws,, rules, court decisions, regulations • Note: process is cyclical…repeats itself Group Theory • View: policy as a product of group struggle-assumes pluralism • Definition Group: collection of folk that have shared interests or views, who male claims upon other groups interest groups • Problems: policy favors dominant groups • Key issues: controlling the agenda • Role of legislatures: referee, ratify, recorder • Short comings • 1.overstates the importance of groups, understates role of public officials • 2. Under-representation of groups and people • 3. Can’t explain public policy solely based on group theory Elite Theory • View: policy as product of elite desires • Related to group theory In that it holds that not all groups are equal-elite dominate...
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