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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a public, social and environmental policy unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:
- The process of forming and implementing public policy
- Types of public policy in the U.S.
- Similarities and differences among Republican and Democratic beliefs on education in the United States
- Types of social insurance programs defined
- Development and types of public assistance programs
- The U.S. government's environmental policies
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Division of Labor in Society: Definition, Theorists & Examples
Division of labor is the separation of a work process into a number of tasks, with each task performed by a separate person or group. Learn more about the definition and history of this concept and test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. History of Tobacco in America
Tobacco is a billion dollar industry today, but its historical roots trace back long before European contact. This lesson reviews the history of tobacco in America, from indigenous ritual use to popular recreational drug and public health concern today.
9. The History of Social Security: Facts & Timeline
Social Security is a shared-responsibility program designed to help those who are no longer working or cannot work. Learn about this program through a timeline and fact set in this lesson. Determine what you learned with a short quiz at the end.
10. What is a Mandate? - Definition & Examples
A mandate occurs when the electorate lets a candidate know they approve of what he/she is doing or wants to do, but how do you know when a mandate is really a mandate? The interpretation of a mandate is nearly as important as the outcome of the election.
11. Home Rule: Definition in Ireland, United States & India
In this lesson, you will learn about home rule and look at three different examples of home rule in Ireland, the United States, and India. In each case, you will learn about the history of the movement and its successes and failures.
12. Bowers v. Hardwick: Summary & Decision
The struggle for LGBT equality has involved a number of important and controversial court cases, including Bowers v. Hardwick. Learn about the origins of this controversial case, how it made its way to the US Supreme Court, and its outcome.
13. Casey v. Planned Parenthood: Summary & Significance
Casev v. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania was a significant case in terms of abortion laws. It was the first case since ''Roe v. Wade'' to attempt to change restrictions on abortions. Did they succeed? Read on to find out.
14. Who Is Caster Semenya?
Caster Semanya is a South African runner that won the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics and silver in 2012. Unfortunately she is not known for her running prowess, but instead the controversy regarding her gender.
15. Dale v. Boy Scouts of America: Summary & Significance
Among the legal battles around LGBT equality, Dale v. Boy Scouts of America is one of the more controversial. You'll learn about origins of the case, explore how and why it reached the Supreme Court, and gain insight into the implications and consequences of the decision.
16. What is an Initiative in Government? - Definition & Examples
What do you do if the government isn't actually representing your interests? One option is the initiative. In this lesson, we'll see how initiatives work and consider their role in a representative government.
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- The Study of American Government
- Different Forms of Government
- Constitutional Democracy: Help and Review
- Federalism in the United States: Help and Review
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior: Help and Review
- Civil Liberties: Help and Review
- Civil Rights: Help and Review
- Comparative Law
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- Interest Groups and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Media and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States: Help and Review
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice: Help and Review
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review
- The Federal Judicial System: Help and Review
- The U.S. Federal Judicial System
- Economic and Fiscal Policy: Help and Review
- Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review