Learning Objectives

  • Describe and explain the growth of government throughout U.S. history.
  • Analyze the structure of the U. S. government and the implications for policymaking capacity.
  • Explain the challenges of policymaking posed by the separation of powers.
  • Describe and assess major governmental and nongovernmental actors most involved in the policy process.
  • Examine ways to improve governmental policy capacity.
  • Assess how citizen involvement can make a difference in policy development.