11.007 Day 2 Notes: Public vs. Private
TWO VIEWS OF THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
Our discussion today will be loosely organized around the following questions:
-Is being a citizen = being a consumer in the marketplace?
-How do we know which problems
11.007 Day 18 Notes: Resolving Local Disputes
RESOLVING LOCAL DISPUTES
What happens in each of the two cases you read?
What is the role of information and experts in each case?
What factors seem to influence what local decisionmakers do when t
11.007 Day 17 Notes: Resolving Disputes in the Courts
LITIGATION AS A STRATEGY FOR INFLUENCING POLICY
How do interest groups decide when to file lawsuits?
What factors limit interest groups ability to use the courts to affect policy?
11.007 Day 14 Notes: Congressional Decision Making
During the first half of the semester, we focused on why there is so much deep
disagreement among participants in public policy disputes: Although they use the same
words to describe their goa
11.007 Day 12 Notes: Social Security
How does Social Security work?
What has prompted efforts to overhaul the system?
What is the Bush administration proposing?
What are his opponents saying/proposing?
How is each side trying t
Judy Layzer, 11.007 Lecture Notes
SolutionsInducements, Rules, Facts, Rights, Power
Policy instruments, as Deborah Stone points out, are ways of exerting powerof getting
people to do what they otherwise might not do.
Note that each of the five t
11.007 Day 10 Notes: Defining Problems-Interests, Experts, and the Media
INTERESTS, EXPERTS, AND THE MEDIA
Today were talking about the role of interests, experts, and the media in defining
problems in politics.
Up until now, weve been talking
11.007 Day 9 Notes: Policy Entrepreneurs and Attaching Solutions to Problems
Where do our policy solutions come from, and why do some make it onto the short list,
while others do not?
What are policy communities?
11.007 Day 8 Notes: Defining ProblemsSymbols, Numbers, & Causal Stories
What do we mean by the phrase problem definition?
Why do people engage in strategic representation?
Why is problem definition, or strategic representatio
11.007 Day 7 Notes: The Policymaking Process
THE POLICY PROCESS
What is a model?
Why do we use models?
What is the rational comprehensive model of the policy process?
What is wrong with the rational model? Why is it not especial
11.007 Day 5 Notes: Globalization
What do we mean by economic globalization?
What, according to pro-globalization advocates, are the benefits (i.e., goals) of unfettered
economic globalization, and what evidence do they cite to s
11.007 Day 4 Notes: Policy GoalsLiberty/Security
POLICY GOALS: SECURITY & LIBERTY
As was the case with equity and efficiency, we all want security, and we all want liberty.
But, as was the case with equity and efficiency, security and liberty
11.007 Day 3 Notes: Policy Goals-Equity/Efficiency
POLICY GOALS: EQUITY & EFFICIENCY
What does Stone say, in general, about such policy goals as equity, efficiency, security
Equity concerns are at the heart of most distribu
11.007 Day 15-16 Notes: Resolving Disputes in Agencies
ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION MAKING
What do agencies do in our political system?
What sorts of factors shape agency decisionmaking?
-What is an agencys mission, and how does it shape agency dec