Policy Making Essay

615 WordsOct 29, 20113 Pages
In Models of Policy Making, Anderson describes the process and functions of policy-making and the policy-process approach. He explains that policy-making is political and “its features include conflict, negotiation, the exercise of power, bargaining and compromise.” To understand how policy is formulated, we need to be concerned with the influences and factors that cause actors to make their decisions. Policy-making involves countless relationships and interactions among political parties, interest groups, legislative branches, and many others. These interactions help explain the formulation and adoption of policy. In “International Policymaking: The Case of the Norm of the Responsibility to Protect,” Feigenblatt discusses the Responsibility to Protect, which “emphasizes the responsibility that governments and the international community have to protect their population.” This is an important instance of policy making at the international level as it questions sovereignty. After the Responsibility to Protect was established, a Commission was brought together to decide how humanitarian abuses would be determined, how countries should be sanctioned, and if intervention is necessary. Not only were states involved in this process, but NGOs and other civil society organizations were able to include their interests into the agenda setting process. Feigenblatt explains that “policymaking at the global level has a two track structure” and “states are losing some of their power to non-state actors.” The Responsibility to Protect is an example of the interrelationships and influences that go into creating a policy decision. Greater powers and non-state groups clearly have more power in international policy decisions, but this paper only offers one example, and no quantitative examples. In “Coherence With no ‘Here,’” Winters explains the problem of coherence in policy
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