Study Questions

  1. Explain why the federal government has grown so large.
  2. Describe the U.S. form of government: include reference to federalism (dual and cooperative) and separation of powers.
  3. Explain the structure of the U.S. government, including the three branches and a description of the role and activities of each branch.
  4. Describe the major informal policy actors and how they influence public policy.
  5. What is an interest group? What do interest groups do, and what is their role in policy making?
  6. Define policy capacity. Why is it important, and how can it be improved?