Accession Number : ADA194794

Title :   The President and the Stages of Policy Development.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN

Personal Author(s) : Medve, John P

PDF Url : ADA194794

Report Date : May 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 106

Abstract : This thesis has set up a model of policy development and used the model in examining two case studies. The model used is not new or original to this text. The attempt in this work is to show how the president and congress interact throughout the policy process and what effect this interaction has on the policy itself. In the area of public policy the studies conducted fall into two categories. First, authors have singled out one stage of the policy process and attempted to draw conclusions regarding why one institution dominates or doesn't dominate a particular policy stage. Paul Light's work is an example of this approach. Light provides evidence to show that presidents do have a significant advantage a the beginning of their terms to set the national and legislative agendas. A second category of research in public policy examines the stages of public policy in general terms. Guy Peters work is an example of this type of study. In this category authors attempt to define the stages of the policy process and provide a sense of how policy is developed in specific areas but their is no attempt to cover a specific policy to see how political actors conducted themselves within the various stages and what affect their actions and interactions had on policy development. Contents: The Stages of Public Policy; Case Study: The 1968 Tax Surcharge; and Case Study: The Strategic Defense Initiative.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, CASE STUDIES, MILITARY STRATEGY, MODELS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE