Public policy and law

In this discussion we will examine the defining characteristics of policy and law for our study of these areas in the course. In order to think critically about these concepts you will discuss the following:

  1. In your original post please create a definition of public policy. You may use what you have learned from the reading, but you must create your own definition and not simply copy a definition you have read. How do you define public policy? What is the relationship between public policy and the law?
  2. What do you believe is one of the most important public policy issues facing the United States? Why?

Reading Material:

United State Constitution
Kingdon, John W. (2011). Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Updated 2nd ed. Chapter 1
Lowi, T.J. (2003). Law vs. Public Policy: A critical exploration. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 12(3): 493 – 501.

Sample Solution