An analysis of the correlation between policy making and public opinion and suggestions for strengthening the link.
This paper analyzes and examines the nature of policy making and public opinion. Part II discusses the various steps involved in the policy making process. In Part III, the nature of public opinion and the question of whether public opinion provides a sound basis for national policy making are examined. Lastly, this paper concludes with recommendations for strengthening the relationship between policy making and public opinion.
“Thomas Jefferson once said, “The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army.” While this populist idea may be debatable, there can be little doubt that public opinion is an important and powerful tool in our information-age democracy. Policymakers are influenced by several factors, including constituents, lobbyists, political parties, public opinion, and special interest groups. However, the exact nature and scope of the relationship between policy-making and public opinion is neither direct nor simple.”