Deciding How Much to Do
Once the federal government decides it wants to do something, the next difficult decision is deciding how much to do.
Incremental vs Punctuating Policy
small change in a government program vs dramatic change in governments role
Iron Triangle and Issue Networks
lasts for decades vs for a specific cause then disband
federal department or agency, set of loyal interest groups, House and/or Senate committee
increasing number of small, highly specialized interest groups makes an iron triangle nearly impossible to create
because of this issue networks are more popular now, lasting only when a certain policy topic is "hot"