Ch 11: Public and Social Policy

About This Chapter

Watch interesting video lessons to learn about the types of public and social policies in the United States and the processes through which they evolve. Our lessons are taught by experienced and informed instructors and include online self-assessments.

Public and Social Policy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Public policy issues include those related to programs funded by United States tax dollars to benefit certain groups, like social security and welfare. How public schools are run is another example of an important issue related to public policy. This chapter's instructors will explain the main types of public policy in the U.S. and will show how these polices are made. You can also explore the stands taken by the republicans and democrats related to education policy. By the time you finish the chapter, you should have a firm grasp on the topics listed below:

  • How public policy is made
  • Various types of public policy
  • Social insurance programs in the U.S.
  • U.S. public assistance programs
  • Differing positions on educational policy according to political party

Video Objective
The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation List and explore the steps in the process of making policies.
Types of Public Policy in the United States Outline the main types of public policy in the U.S.
Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences Compare the republican and democratic positions on education policy.
Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples Explain social security, Medicare and unemployment insurance; discuss the existing political debate concerning these programs.
Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples Explore how the public assistance programs in the U.S. developed.

5 Lessons in Chapter 11: Public and Social Policy
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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.

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