What Is Public Policy?

Which of the following is not an example of a public policy outcome?

  1. the creation of a program to combat drug trafficking
  2. the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
  3. the passage of tax cuts during the George W. Bush administration
  4. none of the above; all are public policy outcomes



Public policy ________.

  1. is more of a theory than a reality
  2. is typically made by one branch of government acting alone
  3. requires multiple actors and branches to carry out
  4. focuses on only a few special individuals

What are some of the challenges to getting a new public policy considered and passed as law?


Approval of a new policy requires government to recognize that a problem needs solving, and the approval of the elected branches of government. This process can take a long time.