Why do we study policy?
• To improve policy
• Problems, where it’s going wrong
• To solve a problem
• Figure out what politicians are interested in and what to put their resources towards
• Has a direct impact on our lives
• Get a job
• Useful in cross-national differences
• To learn about broader political processes
• It has important symbolic dimensions
• Comparing policy’s helps you to better your policies ex Portugal a more relaxed drug
system lower drug use.
What is policy?
• Any action or inaction the government takes on an issue
• Laws, bills anything that is addressed in the legislature
• Public policy refers to what governments do or do not do
• Policy is essentially the decisions that governments make
• “The action of inaction of a government to solve a problem or an interrelated set of
problems”.- Leslie Pal
• Non-state actors people working outside the state have an impact on policy but do not
make policy- lobby groups, think tanks, groups such as nativ