influencing public policy
- In what ways can and do interest groups, organizations, the media and American citizens influence public policy?
- We obviously know that enacting public policy requires public officials to act, whether its a member of the House or Senate proposing legislation, the President issuing an executive order, or a government agency creating new guidelines or enforcing regulations. But what and who influences public policy? What sort of tools and strategies are used to carry out such influence? And how much power do individual citizens have to affect the policy-making process?
- We actually know the answers to these questions as well. Our unit on interest groups and the media and that on political beliefs and attitudes gave us a lot of insight into how government is influenced.
- Click on "Influencing Public Policy" below and read the overview of how different groups and individuals within our society set about getting the government to look out for their interests. Be prepared to discuss and review some of the specifics in class. We will be filling out a notes chart (below) in small groups.
- Next, click on the public policy chart (below). Access the web sites below and work with a partner to investigate the different strategies each group uses and recommends to influence public policy. Note the different kinds of groups represented here. They encompass a wide range of policy areas the government must look at. Again, be prepared to discuss/present in class.
finally, watch this video and take brief notes on the main ideas of pluralism & public policy