SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Policy Termination Recent

SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Policy Termination Recent

SOC 320 Week 5 DQ 1 Policy Termination Recent

Policy Termination. In this course you have covered the various stages of public policy from agenda setting to lobbying to implementation. The final stage you will examine in this discussion is policy termination, when a policy is repealed. There are many reasons that policy termination may occur, one of which is when sub-par policies are implemented based on the compromise of opposing factions. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was an example of a public policy that was a compromise between the Clinton administration and its opponents in Congress and the military. Compromise sometimes yields good policy, but sometimes it produces internally inconsistent and counterproductive policy. The LGBT Rights social movement worked hard to repeal this policy, even though many in the government and the military were not ready to remove the policy.


For this discussion, review the required resources and using DADT as an example please address the following:
What do you see to be the potential strengths and weaknesses of policy borne of compromise?
The 18-year process of repealing DADT suggests that policy termination can be a lengthy process. Should policies be inherently difficult to terminate, especially those rooted in public attitudes?
Describe at least one direct (i.e. direct action against DADT) and one indirect (i.e., shifting cultural attitudes) way that the LGBT rights social movement supported the repealing DADT. ?

In general, how can a social movement help to implement or repeal a public policy? What is another example of a social movement implementing or repealing a policy?

Lobbying. When we refer to lobbying in United States politics, we are referring to the practice of organizations and corporations with special interests hiring well-connected professional advocates to influence legislation and policy making, usually directly with decision-making bodies such as the United States Congress.

For this discussion, read this article When Lobbyists Literally Write the Bill and review the Center for Responsive Politics list of top spenders on lobbying in 2015. Next, address the following:
Explain in greater detail what lobbying is and how it impacts the policy process from problem identification to agenda setting to policy implementation.

Critics argue that lobbyists have undue influence on the political process in the United States. Explain their reasoning behind this concern.
Do you think lobbying is a fair process and should be a part of the American political process?

Select one of the organizations or corporations from the Center for Responsive Politics list of top spenders on lobbying in 2015. Why would this organization/corporation employ a lobbyist? What is the benefit to the organization/corporation? Do you think this process is controversial? Why or why not?