U.S. Government Ch. 17

Public Policy
An intentional course of action or inaction followed by government in dealing with some problem or matter of concern
A set of issues to be discussed or given attention
Systemic Agenda
A discussion agenda; it consists of all public issues that are viewed as requiring governmental attention
Governmental (Institutional) Agenda
Problems to which public officials feel obliged to devote active and serious attention
Agenda Setting
The constant process of forming the list of issues to be addressed by government
Policy Formulation
The crafting of proposed courses of action to resolve public problems
Policy Adoption
The approval of a policy proposal by the people with the requisite authority, such as a legislature
Policy Implementation
The process of carrying out public policy
Policy Evaluation
The process of determining whether a course of action is achieving its intended goals
The federal program established during Johnson administration that provides medical care to elderly Social Security recipients
A government program that subsidizes medical care for the poor
No Child Left Behind Act
Education reform passed in 2002 that employs high standards and measurable goals as a method of improving American education
Certificates issued by the government that may be applied toward the cost of attending private or other public schools
Charter Schools
Semi-public schools that have open admission but may also receive private donations to increase the quality of education
Clean Air Act
(1970) The law that established national primary and secondary standards for air quality in the United States. A revised version was passed in 1990
Global Warming
The increase in global temperatures due to carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil