The Effects of the Media in Shaping Public Policy Cause and Effect Essay by volsgirl

The Effects of the Media in Shaping Public Policy
A study on how media and other special interest groups impact public policy and political socialization.
# 109950 | 1,466 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper studies the way media and other special interest groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, affects public policy and political socialization. The author defines media, special interest groups, public policy and political socialization and concludes that though the media and special interest groups do indeed notably affect America's public policy and political socialization, the public should consider their source before believing information that is presented to them.

Research Findings
Analysis of Findings, Including Public Policy Considerations (Pros and Cons)
Statement of Issues Based Upon Findings and Analysis
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Special interest groups are thought by many people to help shape public policy. Special interest groups are a major platform from which citizens can express their opinions to policymakers. Their participation in policymaking may improve decision-making processes; they do this by supporting policies that coincide with citizen preferences and blocking policies that solely reflect the interests or wishes of the politician or the governing elite. One example of how interest groups played a role in the policymaking process is through the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The interest groups effected the legislation passed by congress after September 11 attacks. On the other hand, due to the fact that some policies often impose costs on parts of the public, the policy-makers may be blinded and not implement the most efficient policies. This results from the intense pressures that special interest groups produce."

Sample of Sources Used:

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