Lecture 10: 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 about problem definition, but weve been
pretty vague about who is doing
Lecture 2: 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 are public problemsto be
solved by gove
Lecture 3: POLICY GOALS: EQUITY & EFFICIENCY
What does Stone say, in general, about such policy goals as equity,
efficiency, security and liberty?
Equity concerns are at the heart of most distributive conflicts (who gets
what). What sorts of issues
Lecture 4: POLICY GOALS: SECURITY & LIBERTY
As was the case with equity and efficiency, we all want security, and we all want
But, as was the case with equity and efficiency, security and liberty are
ambiguous concepts whose meanings are defined
Lecture 7: 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 especially helpful?
What is an incre
Lecture 8: DEFINING PROBLEMS
What do we mean by the phrase problem definition?
Why do people engage in strategic representation?
Why is problem definition, or strategic representation so important in politics?
Symbols and Numbers
What sorts of things are
Lecture 11: SOLUTIONS
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 types of solutions you read about for today is an
ideal type. All policy
Lecture 22: THE CRITIQUE OF ADVERSARIAL DECISION MAKING
Up until now, whatever the venue in which public disputes get resolved,
there has been one common theme: the struggle among contestants to
prevail by persuading decision makers to adopt their view of
Lecture 17: 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?
Judicial Decision Making
What factors shape judicial decision m
Lecture 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 goals, they actual