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Birkland Chapter 1 Introduction to The Policy Process.pdf

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Boston University
Political Science
CAS PO 331
Kate Krimmel

Birkland Chapter 1: Introduction to The Policy Process Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:55 AM I. Politics and the Policy Process ○ Public policy; what problems are public and private? ○ Machiavelli's "The Prince" marks modern political theory  Political policies as "pursuit of goals"  Test postulates with the "real world" □ The Enlightenment ○ How America come to be; "The Federalist"  Hamilton, Madison, Jay ○ Karl Marx and Max Weber understand that politically weak can be ignored by the society ○ John Rawl's "A Theory of Justice"  Fundamental questions of fairness ○ What is politics?  "Who gets what, when, and how?" ○ Public deems the political world "dishonest" and "playing with politics"  Influence of interest groups and business  But are politicians actin in the "public interest"? II. What is Public Policy? ○ Various definitions of public policy  "Struggle in gov't over who gets what"  "What ever gov't choosesto do or not to do"  "Programsto achieve goals" ○ Key attributes of public policy  Response to problems that require attention  "On public's behalf"  Work towards a goal  Made by the gov't  Policies are interpreted by the public  Statementby gov't of what it intends to do about a prob
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