Share
Explore BrainMass

Public Policy Analysis

1) Using Anti-Bullying Policy as an example, please assess the degree of influence that the news media has on this policy.
2) Identify a policy issue where unofficial actors have made a significant presence in changing a federal or state policy.
3) Pick a policy of your choice and identify the following:
The top three interest groups dedicated to the policy
The relative power and influence of each interest group
The main venue each uses to influence public policy
4) Pick a policy and identify an official actor, an unofficial actor, and an interest group. Discuss how each has used their power and influence to set the agenda for the policy. identify the amount of money that the top three interest groups raised over the last five years. Which of the three interest groups best leveraged their resources to affect public policy?
5) Explain what role the media might play in overcoming the "second face of power." Why does Birkland compare the third face of power to Marxist "False Consciousness.
If so, please provide references.

Solution Preview

https://revisesociology.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/2-lukes-3-faces-of-power/

1) Using Anti-Bullying Policy as an example, please assess the degree of influence that the news media has on this policy.

The media has an inordinate amount of influence on how the public perceives any issue as they have the platform that allows them to bombard the public with any message that they put out. Therefore, when the anti-bullying message began to emerge over the last decade, it has been effective in changing the public's perception of an issue that all people either have experienced themselves or know someone who has experienced it or even have engaged in this behavior themselves. The fact is that children can be cruel, and everyone who attended school from grade school until high school has witnessed or experienced bullying. This is why for so long, the issue of bullying was viewed as a "rite" of passage or normal behavior by children, but with increased attention by the media on how bullying negatively impacts children as well as the rash of suicides by children as a result of this behavior, the public has gradually been influenced to change the "kids will be kids" stance to appropriately address this issue. This has been largely due to the media's constant focus and attention on the negative results of this behavior.

2) Identify a policy issue where unofficial actors have made a significant presence in changing a federal or state policy.

The unofficial actors that dramatically ...

Solution Summary

Public policy analysis is examined. The expert identifies a policy issue where unofficial actors have made a significant presence in changing a federal or state policy.

$2.19