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Public, Social and Environmental Policy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Let instructors lead you through an overview of common public, social and environmental policies in the U.S. Through engaging video lessons, you can gain an understanding of the process by which policies are made, and see what kind of opposition policies may face from various political parties. At the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the policy-making process
- Explain common kinds of policy
- Identify and discuss social insurance programs
- Explain the evolution of public assistance programs
- Discuss environmental policies.
|The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation||Identify and explain the parts of policy-making.|
|Types of Public Policy in the United States||Name the primary kinds of public policies as utilized by the U.S. government.|
|Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences||Compare and contrast the two parties' views on education.|
|Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples||Identify and define these kinds of programs, and provide real-world examples, along with common political criticisms.|
|Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples||Discuss the main public assistance programs, from their roots to their current forms.|
|How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment||Describe current environmental policies and identify common critiques of them.|
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.
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Other chapters within the Political Science 102: American Government course
- Introduction to the Study of American Government
- Constitutional Democracy
- Federalism in the United States
- Interest Groups and American Democracy
- The Media and American Democracy
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior
- Civil Liberties
- Civil Rights
- Political Parties in the United States Government
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation
- The Federal Judicial System
- Economic and Fiscal Policy
- Foreign and Defense Policy
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