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251, #4

Government Institutions and Policy Actors
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Julia Nicodemus

on 7 September 2016

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FEDERALISM
National Government
15 Executive Departments
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Joint Committee on the Library
Joint Committee on Printing
Joint Committee on Taxation
Joint Economic Committee
House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Appropriations
House Committee on Armed Services
House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Education and the Workforce
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
House Committee on Financial Services
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
House Committee on Homeland Security
House Committee on House Administration
House Committee on the Judiciary
House Committee on Natural Resources
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
House Committee on Rules
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
House Committee on Small Business
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
House Committee on Ways and Means
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Senate Committee on the Budget
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Senate Committee on Finance
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senate Special Committee on Aging
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Congressional Committees
Legislative
Executive
Judicial
making
enforcing
interpreting
SENATE

HOUSE

COMMITTEES
Senate Committees
House Committees
Joint Committees
PRESIDENT
BUREAUCRACY
executive office
Cabinet level departments
Executive Agencies
Regulatory Commissions
SUPREME COURT
APPELLATE COURTS
DISTRICT COURTS
State Government
Local Governments
County, town, city, school district, etc.
Too Numerous to List
A strong federal government? Decentralization? What do you think the balance should be?
INFORMAL POLICY ACTORS
Public Opinion
(policy subgovernments, iron triangles)
Issue Networks
Interest Groups
Saliency
Intensity
Stability
Things to Measure:
Ways to Measure:
Polls
Letter writing/ petitioning
Activism
Agencies
Interest Groups
Committees
Area of
expertise
Lobbying
Endorse candidates
Try to sway public opinion
Contribute to campaigns
Litigation to change policy
Do certain groups and segments of the population, such as corporate interests and the wealthy, have privileged access and greater influence at the expense of others? Should interest group influence be restricted?
What does this system of government mean for our policy capacity?
The government’s ability to identify, assess and respond to public problems
PACs and SuperPACs
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/382014/april-14-2011/colbert-super-pac---trevor-potter
Central Intelligence Agency
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_agencies
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/379369/march-30-2011/colbert-pac---trevor-potter
What policy reforms do you think would help improve the US government's policy capacity?
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/29/us/global-warming-poll.html
News Media
What strengths and weaknesses of our current news media systems?
Most are under the departments, but some are independent of those departments, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE AGENCIES
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Election Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Reserve System board of Gov's
Federal Trade Commission
National Science Foundation
Security and Exchange Commission
Social Security Administration
United States Postal Service
INDEPENDENT REGULATORY COMMISSIONS
http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/maps
Do states have a role in Climate Policy?
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