1a. Identify the most defensible justification for government intervention in each of the public policies below (see the background information section for more information), using the frameworks discussed in class (i.e., select market failure or/and non-market failure justifications). Explain your choice. – Interstate Highway Grants – Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) Program – Environmental Protection – Media Regulation – Financial Service Provision
1b. Identify the affected public (i.e., stakeholders) that pressure government for public policies in each of these five policy examples (think about all directly and indirectly affected publics that might be active in these cases). If each of these public is a source of policy demands, what are these demands? Your task here is to generate a stakeholder map, with all important stakeholders and their expected policy demands on each of these issues.
2. Describe democratic, pluralistic, and elite theories of power. How do these theories view the policy making process in the US? Which of these theories seem most in conflict with another theory or theories? Which seem most compatible? How would the work of a policy analyst differ under each of these frameworks? Pick one policy example and describe how the approach would differ under each theory