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American Government: Roots and Reform - Chapter Seventeen


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a set of issues to be discussed or given attention
agenda setting
the constant process of forming the list of issues to be addressed by government
Clean Air Act of 1970
the law that established the primary standards for air quality in the United States; a revised version was passed in 1990
entitlement program
income security program to which all those meeting eligibility criteria are entitled
global warming
the increase in global temperatures due to carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil
governmental (institutional) agenda
the changing list of issues to which governments believe they should address themselves
means-tested program
income security program intended to assist those whose incomes fall below a designated level
an expansion of Medicare, this program subsidizes medical care for the poor
the federal program established in the Lyndon B. Johnson administration that provides medical care to elderly Social Security recipients
non-means-based program
program such as Social Security where benefits are provided irrespective of the income or means of recipients
policy adoption
the approval of a policy proposal by the people with the requisite authority, such as a legislature
policy evaluation
the process of determining whether a course of action is achieving its intended goals
policy formulation
the crafting of appropriate and acceptable proposed courses of action to ameliorate or resolve public problems
policy implementation
the process of carrying out public policy through governmental agencies and the courts
public policy
an intentional course of action followed by government in dealing with some problem or matter of concern
Social Security Act
a 1935 law that established old-age insurance (Social Security) and assistance for the needy, children, and others, and unemployment insurance
systemic agenda
all public issues that are viewed as requiring governmental attention; a discussion agenda