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Public Policy Overview - Chapter Summary
For a quick overview of public policy fundamentals, check out this online study guide chapter that contains bite-sized and engaging video lessons. After defining the concept of public policy, you'll take a look at types of U.S. public policy, as well as the functions of public policy process and interest groups. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Outline public policy processes
- Compare types of public policy in the U.S.
- Discuss the processes of problem recognition, policy formation and policy implementation
- Explain the purpose of interest groups
The lessons use a simplified instructional style so you can easily understand important public policy terms and concepts. Included in the chapter are short lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. You can review these materials whenever you have free time to study and access the lessons from any Internet-connected computer or mobile device.
1. What is Public Policy? - Definition, Types, Process & Examples
Through this lesson, you will learn how to define public policy, how it works in societies, and what it takes to shape and change policy through the political process.
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.
3. 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.
4. Interest Group: Definition, Purpose, Theory & Examples
Interest groups play a major role in shaping public policies that impact business practices. The following lesson will introduce you to the definition, purpose, theories, and examples of interest groups.
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