Midterm Essay Questions

Directions: Select two of the following and answer in well-organized essays.

1. Some observers argue that as a policy issue moves through the various phases of the policy process the nature of polictics changes and the number of active participant/stakeholders decreases. Select a policy issue of your choice and using specific examples illustrate the changes in politics and the participant stakeholders in the various stages of the policy process.

2. Compare and contrast the concepts of iron triangle and issue network. Be sure to define each precisely and offer specific illustrations. Which one of these concepts describes a more democratic and accountable policy environment? Explain your choice.

3. Do you think incrementalism or rationality is a more apt representation of the way policy is made? Which would you prefer if you had the ability to dictate how policy were made?

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