Participation in Government Discussion Question 16
Having learned why different governments become involved in a particular issue, students now need to understand how different governments make and change policy. Students should understand that public policy making in all arenas involves executive-legislative relations, and that the policy making process begins each year with an address by the chief executive, seeking popular and legislative acceptance of a policy agenda. Just as Labor Day historically kicks off the campaign season, the state of the Union (or State) Address kicks off the legislative season. The ensuing months are a time of pressure and counter-pressure as executive officials, legislators, constituency groups, and advocacy groups battle for their causes. It is the process by which public decisions are made; and students should be exposed to the process and its players in multiple arenas, from local to global.
Discussion Question #16: How does the public policy process work?