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Ch 46: US Policy Making

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This chapter examines the ins and outs of U.S. policy making, detailing the processes and roles of departments involved through engaging lessons taught by professional instructors.

US Policy Making - Chapter Summary

This chapter zeroes-in on the steps of U.S. policy making and the different departmental functions involved in them. Discover how a bill becomes a law and the tools used in foreign policy as well as the following:

  • The public policy process
  • Developing foreign policy
  • The secretary of state

Each of these lessons is taught in a simple-to-follow manner, with bolded words within the transcripts highlighting key terms. The timeline feature underneath the video allows you to jump around to main topics. And, when you're done with the chapter, you'll be able to test your overall comprehension through a practice final exam.

5 Lessons in Chapter 46: US Policy Making
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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.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

2. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

3. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

4. The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

This lesson discusses the importance of the Department of State, part of the U.S. executive Cabinet, which is headed by the Secretary of State. In it, we learn about the history of the organization, current policies, and responsibilities.

Tools of Foreign Policy

5. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

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