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Transcript of 251, #6
Policy and Program Evaluation
The Policy Process Model
How problems are perceived and defined, command attention, and get onto the political agenda.
Kingdon's Theory of Streams: The problem, policy, and political streams must converge at the same time for policy to get on the agenda.
How does something get on the agenda?
Salience and Potential for Conflict also might help predict what gets on the agenda... How?
The decision or drafting of policy goals and strategies for achieving them. Often involves policy analysis.
Proposing one or more courses of action (policies)
Drawing on expertise/opinion of formal and informal policymakers
Stating positions, debating, and discussing.
The mobilization of political support and formal enactment of policies. Includes justification or rationales for the policy action.
It's not just about passing the law (though that's part of it), legitimation also includes gaining public acceptance and being consistent with the constitution (so courts can play a role).
Implementation is generally done by executive agencies
The set of activities directed towards putting a policy into effect:
Measurement and assessment of policy and program effects, including success or failure.
Did the policy succeed in its goals? Is it still necessary? Is it a good policy?
Modification of policy goals and means in light of new information or shifting political environment.
Set of activities and resources directed at putting the programs into effect within bureaucracy. This is where policy meets society.
Instruments of Public Policy
What tools can the government employ as they try to address public problems?
Taxing and Spending
Education and Information
Government restriction of choice to keep behavior within acceptable bounds
One gains from another's loss. The distinction is mostly about perception and conflict.
Grants and programs
In groups of 4-5, come up with 2 public problems.
What is the role of objectivity (lack of bias) in problem definition?
Next, considering gun control and your two problems, try to come up with as many different ways to "spin" the problem as possible. How would conservatives and liberals define the problem differently?
How would different groups define the causes of the problem?
Sufficient information about a problem - e.g. environmental degradation from particular pesticides
A focusing event -- a tragedy, etc, that draws attention to the problem
Practical policy solutions have been or are being developed.
Proven policy solutions are even better.
The political climate is one that is open to addressing the problem.
Can depend on who is in power, where we are in an election cycle, and on public opinion.
Government decrees that require or prevent citizens & corporations from doing something
Providing direct services or direct management of resources
Spending can be direct payments to citizens or money to states as an incentive. Taxing and tax breaks can be used to alter behavior.
Allowing market to address and issue OR using traditional market mechanisms in an official policy approach
Asking for behavior changes, providing information to encourage informed (and better) decision making.
Academic distinctions (Theodore Lowi)
& Problem Definition
Organization: establishment of resources, offices, & methods
Interpretation: translating policy language into specific actions
Application: routine provision of services or enforcement
Which steps use policy analysis?
Use the policy
process model to explain
the history and present of gun control policy.
CHOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
You have THREE VOTES. You can use them on one topic or you can split them.
Role of government in regulating self driving cars
Biometric (e.g. facial) recognition in law enforcement
Role of government in regulating genetically modified organisms
Physician Assisted Suicide legality
Should we raise the federal gas tax?
Government policy should protect net neutrality
Should the Federal government restrict the use of personal information (BIG DATA) by private entities.
Consider how problem definition affects policy solutions--what solutions does each group prefer?
What is currently on the agenda?
How do you know?
Can you relate it to the Theory of Streams?