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Ch 15: AP US Government and Politics: Public, Social, and Environmental Policy

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Watch this series of video lessons to learn more about the creation and development of U.S. public, social and environmental policies. Use the self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your understanding of the materials.

AP U.S. Government and Politics: Public, Social and Environmental Policy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are few areas of Americans' lives that aren't touched by some aspect of the U.S. government's public, social and environmental policies. These video lessons, taught by experienced instructors, will lead you through the process of how these policies come to be - from the first identification of a problem that needs to be addressed, to the implementation of approved measures. Find out more about who makes policy and how, and what kind of political arguments are made for and against these programs. In these lessons, you'll study:

  • Types of American public policy
  • Process required for public policy to be conceived and carried out
  • Political parties' views on certain kinds of public policy

Video Objective
The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation Describe each step in the policy-making process.
Types of Public Policy in the United States List the main types of public policy established by the U.S. government.
Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences Describe how each of the two main political parties view education policy.
Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples Discuss the characteristics of social insurance programs, and, using examples, describe the political debate surrounding these programs.
Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples Explain the establishment and development of public assistance programs; name specific programs.
How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment Describe American environmental policy, and why this policy is controversial.

6 Lessons in Chapter 15: AP US Government and Politics: Public, Social, and Environmental Policy
The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

1. The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

Good public policy is grounded in a sound policy making process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rational-comprehensive model of policy formation and the steps involved in using it. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Types of Public Policy in the United States

2. Types of Public Policy in the United States

'What should the government do about it?' This is a fundamental public policy question, and the scope of 'it' continues to expand in our modern society. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of public policy in the United States.

Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences

3. Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences

Democrats and Republicans agree that the future success of the United States lies in an effective education system. However, while they agree on the overall goal, the two parties disagree about the best policies to accomplish it. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the education policy perspectives of each party.

Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples

Social insurance programs constitute the largest expenditure in the federal budget. In this lesson, you'll learn about social insurance, and we'll also take a look at the major federal social insurance programs. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

5. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.

How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment

6. How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment

One of the most controversial areas of government policy today is environmental policy. In this lesson, you'll learn how U.S. government environmental policy is made and you'll be provided an overview of some major legislative acts.

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