An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, by Thomas A Birkland

By Thomas A Birkland

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The dominant ideological foundation of our constitutional system (and that of other countries that were once part of the British Empire, such as Canada, Australia, and Great Britain itself) is known as classical liberalism. This ideology is very clearly expressed in John Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690). Among the many beliefs of liberalism is that power derives from the consent of the governed—that is, the people themselves. The people, and not royalty or the state, are therefore sovereign.

I hope that this introductory chapter has motivated you to study the public policy Introducing the Policy Process 21 process both to satisfy your own personal curiosity about how things work, and to motivate you to understand and perhaps play a more active role in the decisions that affect you, your family, and your community. This book is organized in three broad sections. This chapter and chapters 2 and 3 are overviews of the policy process and of the environment in which policy is made. Chapter 3 introduces the stages model of the policy process, which serves to organize the various parts of the process so that we can analyze them.

The simplest model of the policy process is an input-output model. The inputs are the various issues, pressures, information, and the like to which the actors in the system react. The outputs are, in simplest terms, public policy decisions to do or not do something. 2. %2;´ 7KHSROLWLFDOV\VWHPWUDQVODWHVLQSXWVLQWRRXWSXWV 7KHVWUXFWXUDOVRFLDOSROLWLFDODQGHFRQRPLF HQYLURQPHQWVLQIOXHQFHSROLWLFDODQGSROLF\PDNLQJ DFWLYLWLHV 2XWSXWV /DZV 5HJXODWLRQV 'HFLVLRQV )HHGEDFNLQIOXHQFHVWKHSROLWLFDO V\VWHPDQGWKHQDWXUHRIWKH GHPDQGVWKDWFRQWLQXHWKHF\FOH The challenge in thinking about policy as the product of a system lies in understanding how policy makers translate sets of inputs into outputs.

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