POLS 163 / American Political Thought / Professor Peter / Spring 2014
Midterm Study Guide
The Midterm will be on Wednesday March 12 and will take the whole period.
Bring a LARGE BLUEBOOK and write in BLUE OR BLACK ink.
The exam will give 10-12 quest
Agenda Setting and Policy Change
1 A list of subjects or problems which governmental officials, and people outside
government closely associated with those officials, are paying some serious
attention at any give time
1 (Kindgon, 1995)
Steven Teles: Kludgeocracy: The American Way of Policy
What does Teles say are some of the costs of of our Kludgeocracy?
What are the causes of Kludgeocracy?
What is a Kludge in policymaking?
Finally, what if anything can be done about it?
A merican Political Thought
Course Syllabus and study guide
PS 163, Spring 2012
(M W 10:30-11:45, DMH 234, Course ID 27908)
Email: [email protected]
1 Cost-Benefit Analysis and Assessing Risk
1 Methods used to assess different policy alternatives
1 Cost-benefit analysis
1 Assessing whether aggregate gains are greater than aggregate costs
1 Must assess long term and short term costs and benefits
Midterm Study Guide
Listed below are questions and concepts you should know for
the midterm exam scheduled for Monday March 17th. The
exam will cover material from class and the assigned readings
up through and including week 8 on the course syllabus. Ple
1 Risk Assessment
1 Evaluates magnitude of risk to citizens from exposure to radiation, toxins,
unsafe food, or threats of terrorism
1 Classical risk assessment
1 Each outcome occurs with some probability (e.g. probability of smallpox
outbreak is .005 imp
1 Examples of Policy Change
1 Tobacco policy
1 Nuclear power
1 Death Penalty
1 what are the different way these issues can be understood?
Kingdons policy streams
the interaction of key variables including problems, policies, and politics streams
1 Since 2001 estimates suggest U.S. government spends about $400 million per life
saved in anti-terrorism efforts (not counting military expenditures)
1 What types of heuristic tools do people use? Why do ordinary people
exaggerate some risks and under ap
GROWTH IN GOVERNMENT OVER TIME
The size of government, and the number of activities its involved with has grown
substantially over time
First Congress had only 26 senators, 65 House of Reps, and 4 cabinet offices (3.9
Today, 100 Senators,
THE LOCAL CONNECTION
SEE: JOE MANCHIN (D-WV)
DECENTRALIZATION AND THE EXECUTIVE
President, by far, gets the most attention in the executive
however, 15 cabinet-level agencies (Defense, Labor, State, Treasury,
Agriculture, Justice, Homeland Security, etc)