L16 Nature of Pub Policy Problems

L16 Nature of Pub Policy Problems - "Who Represents My...

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“Who Represents My Issue?” report due Wednesday, March 5 State clearly what is the issue being represented Include your sources Look for critics: check out www.opensecrets.org
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March 10: Second test!! Monday: The Media Friday: Review, plus post-mortem on Test 1
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The Nature of Public Policy Problems Lecture 16 February 29, 2008 Pol 1101
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The Nature of Public Policy Problems Definitions a. Events – Human and natural acts with social consequences. Big (war, invention of computer chip) or small (new neighbor) b. Problems – Human needs (however defined) that cannot be met privately. Events may trigger problems, perceived in widely different ways (E.G.> rezoning permits new shopping center and apartment complex; neighbors welcome or object, ditto politicians, environmentalists etc c. Issues Controversial public problems d. Issues areas Bundles of controversial public problems
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Public and Private Problems Definitions a. If a problem can be resolved without making demands on people that are not immediately affected, then it is private in nature b. People take action to control their environments/meet their needs/solve their problems. May have consequences for others. If the control of the consequence/regulation of the needs is restricted, it is private. If it has a broad effect, it is public. PERCEPTION is key.
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Where to look for examples of public policy issues? Answer: Everywhere Example: What is the BeltLine? Check out http:// www.beltline.org /
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Where to look for examples of public policy issues? Right here What is the BeltLine? The name “Belt Line” was coined for a loop of train tracks that encircled Atlanta in its early days. After the Civil War, the loop was enlarged to expand local industry and commerce In 1999, Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel proposed linking multiple city neighborhoods with a new transit system along the BeltLine. He envisioned parks and trails, neighborhood preservation and revitalization, mixed-use development, affordable housing, cleaner air, and an improved tax base – all advancing economic development and quality of life. In 2004, the Emerald Necklace Study concluding that a connected park, trail and transit system along the BeltLine was achievable, In April 2005, Mayor Franklin announced the creation of the BeltLine Partnership charged with moving the 22-mile live-work-play- transit corridor from vision to reality.
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Where to look for examples?: Right here Atlanta Beltline
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Despite Costs, Light Rail Chosen For Atlanta's Beltline DeKalb News, Jan 08, 2007 In response to public demand, The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has adopted a resolution designating light rail as the transit of choice for the city's expansive Beltline park and transit project. "Although light rail would involve the highest capital costs, about $50 to $58
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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