The Politics of Policy Making
Public Policy involves the government making a choice or course of action with respect to some problem
Who's involved? What are the politics? Who is impacted? - Answers will vary depending on the policy-
One thing is certain about any public policy action- THERE WILL BE WINNERS AND LOSERS
Ex. Any increase in military spending means...
Higher TAXE$ But, what is the trade-off?
Let's look at some POLICY CATEGORIES according to ISSUE-BASED Classification
Charles O. Jones " bundles of controversial public problems" How Americans ordinarily think of policy problems- significance of problems will vary over time
ECONOMIC POLICY includes...
President Bush will request $41.3 billion in the fiscal 2004 budget, which he will submit next week, to fund domestic homeland security efforts, a U.S. official said on Thursday. Budget Choices
As a general principle, the Federal government should bail out private companies or industries of private companies that encounter sudden and unexpected business downturns
U.S. NATIONALDEBTCLOCK as of 05 Nov 2003 • The estimated population of the United States is 292,443,881 • Each citizen's share of this debt is $23,466.39. • The National Debt has increased an average of11.58 billion per day since September 30, 2002!
Foreign Trade Choices Deficit for 1988 - $115,900,000,000.00Deficit for 1996 - $111,000,000,000.00Deficit for 1997 - $113,700,000,000.00Deficit for 1998 - $169,000,000,000.00Deficit for 1999 - $265,000,000,000.00Deficit for 2000 - $375,700,000,000.00Deficit for 2002 - $435,000,000,000.00
Wage & Price Choices
DOMESTIC POLICY includes...
Choices regarding crime
Civil Rights Choices
FOREIGN & NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY includes ....
Personnel and Personnel Deployment Choices
Alliance and World Relations Choices
POLICY MAKING STAGES - Recognition and Agenda Setting - Formulation and Legitimation
POLICY MAKING STAGES - Policy Program Implementation - Policy Analysis and Evaluation
RECOGNITION & AGENDA SETTING - WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT POLICY ISSUES GET RECOGNIZED? - WHAT ARE THE WAYS ISSUES GET ON THE AGENDA?
Most issues are resolved privately