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Summary Public Policy A New Introduction

- Christoph Knill, et al
ISBN-10 1137573295 ISBN-13 9781137573292
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  • 1 Introduction

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  • What are the two fundamental issues of the study of public policy?
    -Policy variation: how are there differences between public policies in different sectors and countries?
    -Policy change: How or why are public policies remaining stable or changing over time?
  • 1.1.1 Polity, Politics and Policy

  • What is the difference between polity, politics and policy?
    - Polity: institutional structures of a political system.
    - Politics: political processes (e.g. Voting behavior).  
    - Policy: the content of policies, the analysis of the outputs of a political system.
  • 1.1.2 Elements of Public policy

  • What are two fundamental elements of public policy?
    1. The actions of public actors
    2. These actions focus on specific issues (scope of activities is restricted).
  • What are the ways that public policy can be conceived?
    - as a problem-solving activity.
    - as a means of exerting power.
  • 1.2.1 Basic theoretical perspectives on public policies: rational process design, muddling through or just chance?

  • What are the three approaches of how public policies evolve?
    - Rationalist approach
    - Incrementalist approach
    - The garbage can model
  • How does the rationalist approach understand policy-making?
    It prescribes how policymaking in the ideal world would be organized and how it would/should evolve, the goal being: achieving optimal solutions to the policy problems.
    Fully rational decision-making process.
  • How does the incrementalist approach view policy-making?
    Political actors, possessing different types of information, interact which leads to a political result (public policy). The actors need to make concessions, therefore policy-makers primarily concentrate on aspects that are more technical (not as controversial).

    Not an ideal , but a realistic description of how policy-makers arrive at those decisions.

    Policy makers only have limited information, and the restrictions of their mind. So, decision-makers apply their rationality only after having simplified the choices available.
    So you're looking for a satisfactory solution rather than an optimal one.
  • How does the garbage can model view policy-making?
    The involved actors within an organization go through the 'garbage' first and look for a suitable fix.  The solutions develop independetly of problems.
    A lot of solutions are produced but later discarded because of lack of problems.
  • 1.2.2 Stages of the Policy Process

  • What are the stages of the policy cycle?
    1. Problem definition and agenda-setting
    2. Policy formulation and adoption
    3. Implementation
    4. Evaluation (with potential consequence of policy termination or reformulation).    

    The policy cycle is continuous and unending
  • Why use a different model?
    Tool to investigate the process of policy-making from different analytical angles.
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