1.The following is from the Introduction of New York City Politics.
Within the citys political system, the role of the mayor, the city council, and the municipal
bureaucracy, are critical to the formation and implementation of public poli
Lecture Notes: Week 1
Key questions for the Course
1. What is public policy?
2. How is it determined?
3. How can we come to understand it?
4. Why is it important?
What is public policy?
Public policy as Government activity or in-activity (Theoloudou)
The writers of the Constitution established a
federal system of government because:
the states already existed as sovereign entities.
it was consistent with the philosophy expressed in the Declaration of
Locke and Montesquieu c
The principle of checks and balances is based on
the notion that:
A) leaders are the trustees
of the people.
B) a weak government is
always preferable to a
C) all legislative and
executive action should
be controlled through
The American national identity has been most
strongly affected by common:
Politics is described as the process that:
inculcates deep beliefs in idealized
The process by which individuals acquire their
political opinions is most accurately known as:
Which of the following poll results
Week 9: Interest Groups in American Politics
Views of Interest Groups/Factions
James Madison, Federalist Papers
The causes of faction are sown in the nature of man.
Saw the need to limit the negative effects of faction by promoting competition
Week 8: Public Opinion
Why Public Opinion?
Representation means acting in a manner responsive to the
represented. The representative must not be found persistently at
odds with the wishes of the represented without good reason. (Hanna
The Policy Stream
Schneider/Ingram: Social Construction of Target Populations
Their theory contends that social constructions influence the policy agenda and
the selection of policy tools, as well as the rationales that legitimate policy
The Problem Stream: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting and the Winnowing of
Stone, Part III
Problem definition is never simply a mater of defining goals and measuring our distance
from them. It is a matter of representation because ev
Week 5: Policy Entrepreneurs Outside the Policy Process
Role of ideas
o Ideas are the very stuff of politics. People fight about ideas, fight for
them, and fight against the Moreover, people fight with ideas as well as
about them (Stone, pp. 32-34)
Week 4: Policy Entrepreneurs:
Players in the Policy Process
Who are the players?
o President and the Executive Bureaucracy
o The Courts
o Interest Groups
o Political Consultants
Morris Fiorina Congress: Keystone of the Washing
PAF 3010 Policy and Politics
Baruch College, School of Public Affairs
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 10:45AM
Room 9-165 VC
Ned Regan, Professor
Office: VC Room 4-297
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (646) 312-3839
PAF 3010 Thursday, November 3rd
Wall Street, for purposes of this paper, is defined as the major participants in the capitalist
with the focus on big bankers, in league with large institutions, who traded
millions of financial packages into which h
Lecture Notes: Week 2
We need a more systematic way of looking at public policy making in the U.S.
that really takes into account the intricacies of the process.
Kingdon book focuses on agenda setting, but really its about more than that
o Because whats c