American Public Policy Politics and Markets Political Science 316 Mark Stephan
Last Class and Today’s Class • Policy Analysis and Health Policy • Medicare and Medicaid • Stone’s framework • Reasoning • Politics and Markets
Medicare and Medicaid • What’s the difference? • Why support these programs? • What does Medicare cover? What isn’t covered? • Problems with Medicare? • Problems with Medicaid? • Taking care of the uninsured….
News Flash!!! • Should government “means-test” medical aid after a disaster? Why or why not? • Who should decide when people can return to New Orleans? • North Korea and five others make a deal….
Stone’s framework • Sophisticated versus flat-footed • Stone’s paradoxes • The Rationality Project?
Model of Reasoning • Rationality project – idea of analyzing society and politics like we would biology or physics (breaking it down, logical parts) • Separating politics from policy and administration • Rational decision-making (page 8) • Political reasoning – metaphors, analogies
Political Society, Policy Process • The dominant model – the “market” • An alternative model – the “political community” • The dominant model – a production model • An alternative model – struggling over ideas
Preview of Next Class • The pace is picking up • Stay up with the readings • Paper now due two weeks from today! • Talking about Equity next – a goal for public policy
“Market” as a model • “A market can be simply defined as a social system in which individuals pursue their own welfare by exchanging things with others whenever trades are mutually beneficial.” (Stone, page17)