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Distributive Policies

Government policies designed to confer a benefit on a particular institution or group.

Fiscal Policy

Taxing and spending policies prescribed by Congress and the president

The Federal Reserve

Nation's central banking system. Controls monetary policy (interest rates)

National Deficit

the amount of money the federal government spends beyond what it gathers in taxes

Supply-side economics

Policymaking focusing on lowering the barriers to production


The idea that national interests are best secured by building alliances and making conflict more costly than cooperation.


Involves the use of incentive and determines to influence the behavior of other nations


accomplishing tasks that help fulfill organizational objectives

Policy Outcome

Consequences of policy actions

Focusing Events

Moments that capture attention and highlight the existence of a problem.

Policy Evaluation

Determining whether policy is equitable, efficient or effective

Rational Perspective

Policy choices made by carefully weighing costs benefits of action

Means-Test Program

Cash or in-kind benefits to folks who qualify as having little income.

Social Security

...An act passed in 1935 gave government-payed pensions to American citizens over the age 65 as well as provided help for the unemployed, the disabled, and the needy.

In-kind benefits

goods and services provided for free or at greatly reduced prices

Merit Pay

Increases in an employee's basic wage level based on performance levels


increased prices for goods and services combined with the reduced value of money

Monetary Policy

The management of the money supply and interest rates

Progressive taxes

A tax rate that increases as the amount of ones income increases

National Debt

the debt of the national government (as distinguished from the debts of individuals and businesses and political subdivisions)

Gross Domestic Product

the sum total of the value of all the goods and services produced in a nation

Foreign/Defense Policy

-Foreign(strategiesfor dealing with foreign nations.)
-Defense(The decision about scale/use of military force for national security. )


The idea that values such as democracy and freedom promote our national interest.

Nongovernmental Organization

an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government

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