An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, by Thomas A Birkland

By Thomas A Birkland

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This is why government and the policies made by government are sometimes so controversial, frustrating, and at the same time very important. But because the public is the source of political authority—that is, the authority to act on the public’s behalf—it is clear that government is at the center of efforts to make public policy. I define a policy as a statement by government—at whatever level—of what it intends to do about a public problem. Such statements can be found in the Constitution, statutes, regulation, case law (that is, court decisions), agency or leadership decisions, or even in changes in the behavior of government officials at all levels.

9. Anne Larason Schneider and Helen Ingram, Policy Design for Democracy (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997), 2. 10. Alan D. Viard, “The Trouble with Taxing Those at the Top,” Tax Policy Outlook, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, no. pdf (accessed August 24, 2009). 11. Clarke E. R. Carr, and N. Joseph Cayer, American Public Policy: An Introduction, 6th ed. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999); James E. Anderson, Public Policymaking, 4th ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000).

Furthermore, once a program is in place, many stakeholders—in this case, parents, teachers, the police, school boards, and local community leaders—have so much money, time, and personal belief invested in a program that it is difficult, even in the face of scientific evidence, to change the program. Another way to understand the persistence of DARE is by reframing the essential research question: Does DARE work? ” As originally defined by DARE’s developers, the program was supposed to keep kids from trying or using drugs.

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