The Beginning of the Policy Process Analytical Essay

Looks at how ideas start to become public policy in the United States.
# 151892 | 975 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2012 in Political Science (Legislative Process)

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This paper explains that policy-making is both a cycle-like process and a continuous process. Next, the author discusses the process of how a topic starts to become a policy by examining the formulation, legislative and implementation stages. The paper concludes that the policy-making process requires a great deal of resources, attention to detail and time; however, the process does not end with implementation but also includes evaluation, analysis and revision stages. Several quotations are included.

Table of Contents:
Formulation Stage
Legislative Stage
Implementation Stage

From the Paper:

"These committees then hold hearings where the bill can be modified to the committees liking or accepted as they stand. These committees are of high importance in the legislative process and thus are held with high regard to Congress. The number of bills presented on a regular basis makes it impossible for everyone of them to be reviewed by the House or Senate. There simply is not enough time for that. For the most part, the committees take on the task of "allowing only serious and credible legislation to be considered by the House or Senate". Once it reaches the either the House or the Senate the bill is up for debate through multifaceted procedural rules. These rules are so complex that each body utilizes an expert who specializes just in the rules themselves. This way as issues arise the parliamentarian can be consulted.
""In both the House and the Senate, once all allowable amendments have been offered and voted on and the time set aside for debate has expired, the full membership of each body votes on the legislation". In order for a bill to pass, there must be a majority vote and be passed in equally by the House and the Senate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Pennsylvania State University. (2008). Public Policy-Making: Implementation, Evaluation, Change and Termination. Retrieved from
  • (2008). The Legislative Process. Retrieved from
  • U.S. Agency for International Development. (n.d). The Process: Policy Development. The Policy Circle. Retrieved from
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2012).Laws and Regulations. Retrieved from
  • WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Regional Health Forum. Retrieved from 1354_5294.htm

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