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"

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