Essays should be 1 to 2 pages long with 3 references each. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND PLACE THE REFERENCE RIGHT AFTER THE PAPER SO I WILL KNOW WHAT REFERENCE GOES WITH WHAT PAPER.
1. Public Policymaking--Use the theories of politics (elite, group, or rational choice) to explain why a contemporary policy choice was made. Examples include The American Jobs Act or the recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
2. Policy Analysis--Think tanks are in the business of analyzing policies, both proposed and implemented. They present us with data, but how do we know who to trust? Compare how different think tanks analyze Social Security reform using the framework and priorities laid out in your text. I have two uploaded policy analyses for your review: one from the Cato Institute (www.cato.org) and one from the Government Accounting
.) The Brookings Institute and The American Institute for Public Policy Research have also conducted research on Social Security, but didn't have reports for download. Critique these and/or others when composing your response. There is a list of think tanks on page 110 of your Kraft & Furlong text and a useful guide from the Univ of Chicago in your resources folder.
*The GAO is a government
agency, not an independent think tank, but their data and reports inform policymakers.
Write 250 words per question with 2 references each. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND PLACE THE REFERENCE RIGHT AFTER THE PAPER SO I WILL KNOW WHAT REFERENCE GOES WITH WHAT PAPER.
1. Examine the tension between theory and practice. For example, books may explain how decisions should be made; however, reality and human nature dictates how they are made.
2. Look for commonalities among theories. Are there some common theories among the public sector? Do management theories help us understand and evolve in public management?
Answer the following question in 2 complete pages and 3 references.
1. How has Congressional agenda setting changed over time?
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