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CAS PO 331 Chapter Notes - Chapter 7: Valujet Flight 592, Federal Register, Pork Barrel

Political Science
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CAS PO 331
Kate Krimmel

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Rules, laws, and judicial decisions
Right to education, healthcare
Lack of definitive statement is an implicit policy
Policy is a statement by the gov't of what it intends to do
What is a "Policy"?
Constitutional; highly visible and hard to amend (2/3 of each House and Senate and 3/4 of state
The public criticizes that there are too many regulations but the Federal Register serves as a
transparency of the gov't to the public
All laws are published after public comments are taken on the Federal Register
The most important ones are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations
Once a law is enacted, they are published in the Federal Register
Most regulations begin with "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" that alerts people of the possibility of a new
regulations and the comments are organized on the Federal Register
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Regulations can have an implication on needy people
Security screeners after 9/11 became more thorough
People at the frontline of public service; police, teachers and social workers that affect regulation
After Mapp v. Ohio, police officers have been altering their testimonies of evidence
Police interest and the decision interests conflict; priority is to arrest and collect evidence, not
protect the suspects' civil rights
Laws can change the behaviors of the bureaucrats
Security screeners targeting Middle Eastern travelers
Laws can also alter "purposive behaviors"
Regulations on street-level bureaucrats
After the crash of ValuJet flight 592 in 1996, cargoes had to meet a higher standard for fire resistance
Federal Aviation Admin first posted on Notice o Proposed Rulemaking, accepted comments and then
agreed to adopt a law
Congress would have been bogged down by peoples' desires to comment and input
Case Study: An Example of the Regulatory Process
Codifying and Publicizing Policies
How interests are organized and how various interests react to different kinds of policies
Education, health, transportation
Did not help us understand the underlying politics
Early policy typologies separated into topical categories
Knowing the typology of the regulations helps us understand and predict the conflicts that may arise from
implementing and how to prevent it
Farm subsidies and federal spending on local infrastructure
Important for congressmen to bring home the "bacon" from the "pork barrel" for reelection, many
will negotiate and support ("horse trading") each others' causes because everyone benefits
politically ("logrolling")
This kind of policies may be problematic in a democracy because of the heavy influence of interest
groups, making it "interest group liberalism"
Distributive Policies: Granting some benefit to a certain group
Ensures the training and competency
Licensing professionals such as lawyers and doctors
Competitive regulatory policy: "Limit the provision of goods and services to one or a few deliverers"
Regulatory Policies: Govern the conduct of business
Distributive, Regulatory, and Redistributive Policies
Policy Types
Birkland Chapter 7: Policies and Policy Types
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