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.

Political Culture, the Economy, and Public Policy

Political Culture, the Economy, and Public Policy

Political culture, the economy, and public policy

American political institutions function as parts of the larger national cultural and socioeconomic system. The actions of political institu­tions and, therefore, the nature of public policy are greatly influenced by these cultural and economic forces, unique to the United States. The country, as a part of the global environment, is also affected by developments in other parts of the world. But the political agenda of U.S. policymakers is not the same as that of leaders in other industrial nations, and it is fundamentally different from those of less developed, socialist, or formerly socialist countries. The United States has the world's most powerful economy, which is greatly influ­enced by the actions of ...

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