The Policy Making Process Is Quite Unique Essay

734 Words Mar 1st, 2016 3 Pages
The policy making process is quite unique. There are policies that can remain stable for quite an extended period of time, while other policies can change abruptly and fiercely, but why is this? True, Jones, and Baumgartner (2014) sought out to explain why certain policies remain in period of stasis, while others are punctuated by dramatic changes through their Punctuated Equilibrium Theory. According to True, Jones, and Baumgartner, they stated that, “Punctuated equilibrium theory (PET) seeks to explain simple observation: Political processes are often driven by a logic of stability and incrementalism, but occasionally they produce large-scale departures from the past” (2014, p. 59). This theory suggests that policies are often only changed in increments due to several restraints which include, but can often be punctuated by changes in these restraints through massive changes in public opinion or shifts in party affiliation of the government. Policy, according to this theory, is thereby mainly characterized by periods of longevity and stability, but can massively punctuated by sporadic and infrequent shifts in society or government control. There are numerous key concepts behind this theory, known as policy image and policy venue, which make this theory quite different than the others proposed by True et al. Punctuated Equilibrium focuses on how transformation is possible in policy making when for the most part any changes have been incremental. Policy venue deals with…

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