More than simply theory, policy frameworks provide individuals with a blueprint for understanding how public policy is generated in a democratic society. Despite policy theories existing primarily in an ethereal sphere, the practical application and observation of policy formation can be seen in everyday contexts, provided one is willing to open their mind to identifying the factors that contribute to public policy formation.
This assignment aims to provide you with an opportunity to read, synthesize, and relate established public policy theory frameworks within the context of practical application. For this assignment, you will need to read and select one of the policy theory frameworks outlined in the Weible and Sabatier (2017) text Theories of the Policy Process (4th Ed.). Although the book contains multiple policy theory frameworks, this assignment will require you to read and select a policy theory framework which both interests you and finds practical application through observing modern public policy issues.
The first part of the assignment will require you to provide a synopsis of the policy theory framework selected, including pertinent information regarding the evolution of the policy theory framework itself (previous research, notable contributions, examples of how it has been utilized etc.), the strengths of the policy theory framework selected (such as ease of application, viability, or ease of comprehension/observation), and your own personal interpretation or conceptualization of how the policy theory framework unfolds. This part of the paper will require some creativity, as each student may conceptualize the framework differently or within different contexts. For example, I have noted before that I have conceptualized the Punctuated Equilibrium theory of policy formation as similar to the video game Pac-Man to illustrate periods of smaller policy change interspersed with large ‘punctuations’. Feel free to use descriptions, illustrations, or any other method you believe will help you relay how you conceptualize the policy theory framework you have selected!
Following the policy theory framework synopsis, you will need to introduce and explain how the policy theory framework you have selected can be seen through modern or current public policy issues. This can be accomplished by outlining and addressing how components of the policy theory framework you have selected play out within the context of public policy. Additionally, you are welcome (as well as encouraged) to incorporate additional resources outside of the assigned readings if you believe they align with the core concepts contained within the policy theory framework selected.
The Policy Theory Framework Analysis assignment should be between 6-8 full pages, using proper APA format for in-text citations and references as outlined in the POLS 5040 syllabus.
6 pages long
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