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.

American Politics and Public Policy

American Politics and Public Policy

American politics and public policy

House Speaker John Boehner was not a happy camper. He was pre­paring his chamber for a vote on a deal to step back from the “fis­cal cliff,” which had been created eighteen months earlier by another deal that was necessary to avoid having the federal government default on its debt obli­gations. It was New Year's Day, January 1, 2013, and the 112th Congress had yet to finish its business because it had postponed solving the fiscal cliff problem until almost the last possible hour (the 113th Congress was scheduled to start on January 3). Boehner and his Republican caucus had been outflanked by the White House and the Senate, and they alone stood between the ...

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