SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy

SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy

SOC 320 Week 1 DQ 1 Public Policy

Public Policy. Public policy is one way that society addresses social problems through the use of laws and regulations adopted by governments. In this discussion, review the American Sociological Association article Sociology and Public Policy and address the following:

a. Consider and explain the following statement, “Public policy is both what government does and what it does not do” (Theodoulou & Kofinis, 2012).
b. What determines whether a policy is enacted or not?
c. Who holds the power and authority to create, enact and/or change public policy?
d. What is the difference between public versus private concerns in relation to policy making and the government’s role in this process?
e. Describe two ways that social science research helps to design good public policies. Why are social science research skills important for analyzing the impact of existing policies?


Reflections on Federal Environmental Policy. For your journal entry, you will explore aspects of your personal experience and/or beliefs regarding significant public policies and what you have learned in your readings. As you reflect, please address the following questions:
What are the current major environmental issues?
What policies are currently in place to address these issues?
What policy would you like to see enacted to address a major environmental issue?
What, if anything, has changed or is changing, and how does it affect you personally?
What were your thoughts prior to reading this week’s reading assignment?
How has your perspective been either reinforced or changed now that you are more informed? 

Question 1 Which of the following is not part of the iron triangle model? 

Question 2 The authors describe efficiency as

Question 3 According to the authors, public interest refers to 

Question 4 Which of the following is not a common feature of both republicanism and democracy? 

Question 5 Subgovernments include which of the following entities? 

Question 6 Rational-legal authority is derived from 

Question 7 Which of the following is a characteristic of New Federalism, which emerged after 1968? 

Question 8 Which of the following is described as an example of the movement of federal power into traditionally state level issues? 

Question 9 Political legitimacy can be described as the capability of the political system to 

Question 10 Characteristics of a trustee form of representation include which of the following?