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Overview[ edit ] The foundation of public policy is composed of national constitutional laws and regulations. Further substrates include both judicial interpretations and regulations which are generally authorized by legislation. Public policy is considered strong when it solves problems efficiently and effectively, serves and supports governmental institutions and policies, and encourages active citizenship. As an academic discipline , public policy is studied by professors and students at public policy schools of major universities throughout the country. The U.
The sixth stage of the process is policy evaluation. After an agency puts a program into operation, it must evaluate the policy's success or failure.
Evaluation can take place when an agency assigns staff members to examine how well a program is working. Using social science methodology, the staff will try to design a valid means of collecting data to find out how well the program is addressing the original policy issue.
Administrators may also hire outside consultants to do evaluations if in-house personnel are not available. In a less formal way, evaluation also takes place through communication from the field.
Field office workers who apply the program and deal with the agency's clients daily will quickly develop strong impressions of what works and what does not work. They will encourage the headquarters in Washington to change those policies that are not working.
Change can also come from new agency regulations or by asking the Congress to revise the statute. The final stage is policy termination. Government must cancel policies when they become dysfunctional or unnecessary.
Government, however, often neglects this stage. Consequently, the size, scope, and influence of government grow. Public Administrators as Policy Makers. Chief executives, the legislature, the courts, various linkage institutions, and private citizens are players in the policymaking process. Public administrators are also influential because they often play a role in each stage of the process. Administrators are responsible for delivering services to the public. As such, they often identify problems not envisioned by those who enact public policy.
Thus, administrators may call for the legislature to place the problem on the political agenda. Since they are the experts in policy delivery and are closest to the constituency, policy makers often address their demands. Administrators can also affect policy during the formulation stage because they have the information concerning the substantive impact of the policy.
They also have the expertise to decide how policy makers can change the policy to meet the needs of most of the possible policy beneficiaries. Legislators also call on the administrators' advice during the adoption phase of policymaking. Administrators most affect policy development during the implementation stage.
Because legislation or executive orders establishing policy are normallyvague, administrators often specify policy as they carry it out. Legislative bodies are often understaffed and without the necessary expertise to comprehend all facets of program needs. Therefore, they often delegate policymaking tasks to the administrative agencies with the required expertise.
Thus, administrators not only carry out policy as an official part of their daily operation, but they also polish it. Box presents a discussion about how public administrators spend a great deal of time analyzing policy. Policy analysis often results in the enhancement, or polishing, of policy. The box also shows a model developed by Arnold Meltsner for classifying analysts.
The burden of securing compliance with public policies also rests primarily with administrators. They strive to shape, alter, or use the values people find important when making choices. They seek to limit the acceptable choices by attaching penalties to undesired alternatives and rewards or benefits to desired alternatives. Administrators also try to interpret and administer policies in ways designed to simplify compliance with their requirements.
Public administrators are also active during the policy evaluation stage. They take steps, for example, to find out the substantive impact of policy. They also maintain the records that congressional oversight committees and other groups review when evaluating policy. As such, they possess and control the evidence of the policy's impact.
Administrators can eventually influence the cancellation of a public policy by gaining the support of their clientele. Agencies often convince their customers that the service they offer is important. Thus, should a program face cancellation, agencies have a customer power base they can use to convince legislators to continue their program.
Public administrators can also influence policy through the processes of rule making, adjudication, and law enforcement. In their quasi-legislative rule-making capacity, an agency issues rules with the force of law that applies to all persons under their jurisdiction. Adjudication is a quasi-judicial process where agencies charge individuals suspected of violating a rule and hear their case before an administrative review board.
If violations are found, the board imposes sanctions on the guilty party. The National Labor Relations Board, for example, often hears and applies remedies to disputes between management and labor. Sources of Policy Initiation. Policymaking does not always begin as part of the predictable cycle just described.
What is it that gets an issue attention in the first place? Roger Cobb and Charles Elder use the idea of policy-triggering devices to explain how some issues get onto the political agenda Cobb and Elder Natural catastrophes are a type of triggering device that can induce policy activity.
Floods, earthquakes, and hurricane damage often result in demands for government action to address private and public property damage. Agitation by sectors of the society in response to natural catastrophes also provokes government action.
For example, agitation by coal miners who lost friends and family in mine cave-ins throughout the country led to government action. Terrorist activities are another type of triggering device that has caused our government and others to take action. For example, the Oklahoma City bombing and the events on September 11, , led to an evaluation of our antiterrorist policy and renewed citizen demands to review our immigration policy.
In addition, President George W. Bush and the Congress quickly created a new cabinet-level department Homeland Security to address the issue. Technological advances, another example of triggering devices, have produced environmental harm.
Our industrial society produces acid rain, creating an environmental problem. Consequently, many groups have lobbied government to take steps to address the problem.
The problems change; the environments change; technologies improve; alliances alter; key staff come and go; powerful interests weigh in. For those sadly in the know, all those are familiar facts of the policy world. But for those still inspired by democratic ideals, there is at least sometimes another side to the story: Policies can sometimes change because the people subject to those policies want them to change.
There is a mass mobilization of groups pressing for reform—workers pressing for legislation on hours and wages, racial or religious minorities pressing for civil rights, women pressing for gender equity. What is more, there is powerful comparative evidence that social and cultural developments are promoting the spread of these mass groups Cain, Dalton, and Scarrow Advocacy groups are always an important force, even in routine policy-making Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith And they are becoming more so, in networked transnational society Keck and Sikkink ; Risse, Ropp, and Sikkink Social movements are advocacy coalitions writ large.
They bring pressure to bear where politically it matters, in terms of democratic theory: Sometimes the pressure succeeds, and Voting Rights Acts are legislated. Other times it fails, and the Equal Rights Amendment gets past Congress but is stymied by political countermobilization in state houses Mansbridge There is always an element of that, in any social movement.
Even social movements ostensibly organized around specific legal texts—the proposed Great Charter or Equal Rights Amendment—were always about much more than merely enacting those texts into law. Still, for social movements to have any impact on policy, they have to have some relatively specific policy implications. A full discussion of social movements would take us deep into the territory covered by other Handbooks in the series.
But there are some things to be said about them, purely from a policy perspective. Consider the question of why social movements seem eventually to run out of steam. Many of the reasons are rooted in their political sociology: They lose touch with their grassroots; they get outmaneuvered in the centers of power; and so on Tarrow Winning the sympathies of legislators and their constituents counts for naught, if movements cannot follow up with some specific draft bill to drop into the legislative hopper.
That was at least part of the story behind the waning of the civil rights and feminist movements in the USA as sources of demand for legislative or administrative change. At some point there was a general sense, among policy-makers and mass publics, that there was simply not much more that could be done through legislation and public administration to fix the undeniable problems of racial and sexual injustice that remained.
It first mobilized around the issue of coal mine safety. That was a problem that had been widely discussed both in technical professional journals and in the wider public for some time; everyone had a pretty clear understanding of the nature of the problems and of what might constitute possible solutions. Having successfully enacted coal mine safety legislation, the safety coalition—like any good denizen of the p.
Auto safety emerged. Still, auto safety legislation was enacted. What to do next? A law was passed, but it was a law with little general backing that in effect discredited the safety coalition and inhibited it from playing any serious role in public policy discussions for more than a decade to come.
It revived, in a different guise, only after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor. Policy gets made in response to problems.
But what is perceived as puzzling or problematic is not predetermined or fixed for all time. But in a way this twentieth-century morality play was just a reenactment of the earlier processes by which seventeenth-century poor laws emerged as a solution to the public nuisance of vagrancy, only to be shifted over subsequent centuries to punitive regimes of workhouses in hopes of forcing the undeserving poor to take more responsibility for their own lives Blaug Policy is sometimes simply overtaken by events.
Whole swathes of policy regulating obsolete technologies become redundant with technological advances. Policy disputes are often resolved by reframing. Policy disputes are as often resolved by some telling new fact.
Or again: Issues cease being issues for all sorts of reasons: Making public policy can often be a mistake. But making an issue of child abuse and neglect was almost certainly not a mistake Nelson The difference between those cases is that in the former there was a real risk of countermobilization undoing any good done by making de facto policies more public, whereas in the latter there seems little risk of countermobilization by or even on behalf of child abusers.
We have argued that the grounds for this persuasive conception are formidable. They include the limits of instrumental rationality; the importance of deliberation in policy formation; the overwhelming evidence of the way modern governing conditions demand a style of policy-making that maximizes consultation and voluntary coordination.
But the pursuit of this persuasive vocation is a hard road to follow. It demands a unique combination of skills: And the persuasive vocation must be practiced in a hostile world. There is hostility from pressed decision-makers who feel impelled to make rapid decisions in the face of urgency or even crisis; hostility from the still powerful administrative doctrines associated with the high modernist project; and hostility from entrenched powers and interests threatened by more reflective and inclusive modes of decision.
Intellectually anachronistic doctrines continue to flourish in the world of policy practice for a whole range of p. Within bureaucracies and in the vastly rewarding consulting industries that have grown up around the New Public Management there is a huge investment—intellectual and financial—in the modernistic drive for measurement and hierarchical control Power Individual crazes still sweep across policy worlds because they offer possibilities of evading democratic control: The enthusiasm for evidence-based policy-making in arenas like health care is a case in point Harrison, Moran, and Wood And in the promotion of one key variant of high modernism—globalization—key global management institutions like the World Bank and the IMF continue to promote standardized reform packages Rodrik ; Stiglitz ; Cammack So, in the end, the persuasive appeal comes back to power and interests.
Which is to say, politics. Just as the founders of the policy sciences told us from the start. Policy analysts use the imperfect tools of their trade not only to assist legitimately elected officials in implementing their democratic mandates but also to empower some groups rather than others. Furthermore, policy is never permanent, made once and for all time. Puzzles get transformed into actionable problems, and policies get made on that basis.
But that gives rise to further puzzlement, and the quest for ways of acting on those new problems. The persuasive task of policy-making and analysis alike lodges in these dynamics of deciding which puzzle to solve, what counts as a solution, and whose interests to serve.
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