THE 2000 ELECTION
SPILLED MILK AND SOUR GRAPES
THE 2000 ELECTION
The Results a. Numbers i. Nationally 1. Gore: 50,999,897 (48.38%) 2. Bush: 50,456,002 (47.87%) ii. in Florida 1. Gore: 2,912,25
Who are the practitioners?
Every year thousands of studies are disseminated throughout Washington
Executive agencies Government Accountability Office, Congressional
Research Service, FDA issue influential reports
Interest groups and think tanks
Types of Analysis (contd)
advocate and support preferred policies
often ideological or partisan; may lack analytical depth
examples: Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, Heritage Foundation
What Analysis Is Needed?
Root causes vs. pragmatic adjustments
What is a natural monopoly?
What factors explain the growth in government over time?
What is policy gridlock? Explain how partisanship and governing
institutions contribute to policy gridlock.
What is dual federalism? How does this compare
How to Write an Essay for Professor Peter
Understand that writing happens in distinct stages, and that you must allow yourself time to go
through each step. The vast majority of papers that I read could be considerably improved just by
Theories of Public Policy Making
Classic Theories of Public Policy
Elite Theory (C. Wright Mills) The Power Elite (1956)
Society is divided by those who have lots and those that dont
Power resides in elite class (corporate executives, investment banker
Advice on reading, participation, and taking exams
for students taking Professor Peters Political Theory Classes
How to read a work of political theory.
Always read with a purpose. Simply picking up the assignment and plunging into
it is the most di
States governments, it is often said, serve as laboratories
of democracy. What does this mean and why is it
important? Give examples.
If government policy is responsive to public opinion, what
does this mean? How would we know it? Does the public
The Policy Process Model
The Policy Cycle was THE guiding framework of policy research in the 1970s
It remains very relevant today
Serves as heuristic tool
What are heuristic devises?
They serve as information shortcuts or allows people to
Rational Choice Theory
The Rational Model
Decision makers rank order goals and objective
A complete set of alternative proposals are examined (costs and
Each alternative and its consequences can be calculated
Decision maker chooses
17 x 24=
See David Easton
Here, the policy process is affected by initial demands for new policies
and support of existing policies
Eminent domain refers to the right of both state and federal governments to assume control over the geographical area under its jurisdiction. Also known as compulsory sale, it is typically invoked in order to secure land needed to complete a public w
The Lonely Search for Common Ground
The greatest threat to America and its ideals comes from within. The emerging trend in American politics is a polarization of its two parties, and a populace that forsakes objectivity for partisan
REVERSING ROBIN HOOD?
Introduction a. What is eminent domain? b. what questions still cloud the issue?
Eminent Domain explained a. Layman's terms b. Practical use of right c. The general process d. William Blackstone's expla
A REVIEW OF TOPPING AND FERGUSONS
EFFECTIVE LITERACY TEACHING BEHAVIORS
Joby Martin PSY 336 5/27/05
In their article Effective Literacy Teaching Behaviors, Keith Topping and Nancy Ferguson focus on what patterns and behaviors exhibited by teach
We live in a plutocratic society. Those in power, elected or otherwise, share wealth as a common thread; the notion of true ,political outsiders is slowly going the way of the buffalo. Those who are able to harness a relevant degree of power in socie
laws or bureaucratic rules requiring certain behavior or prevention of
2) Government Management
delivery of services (eduction, defense, social welfare, prisons) (public or
3) Taxing and spen