Why do policymakers select certain problems for attention and ignore others? Why do some policy ideas fail and other succeed? In addition to the President, Congress and Supreme Court what other institutions are influential in shaping public policies? How do policymakers design and implement policies? How do those policies ultimately influence the nation? Providing answers to these and other questions are the focus of this book. The practice of politics and policymaking is complicated, involving thousands of people in government institutions and the private sector. Although each public law and public policy has a unique history, Politics and Public Policy is designed to help students understand the larger patterns of the policy making process.

Assessing American Public Policy

Assessing American Public Policy

Assessing american public policy

The political struggle that yields public policies is not just a game about the exercise and maintenance of power. Whether governments and private corporations produce effective policies and programs profoundly affects the nation and its citizens. At stake are national survival, the quality of life, and the nature of justice in society.

Public policies are developed and implemented by private corporations, courts, legislatures, chief executives, administrative agencies, and citizens. In this chapter, we consider fundamental questions of governmental perfor­mance. How well do public policies serve the needs and wants of the American people? Does the United States live up to the ideals proclaimed by its elected leaders and set forth in the Constitution? Is the nation better off ...

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