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Our Political System Government Institutions and Public Policy By definition any government is the individuals institutions and process that makes and enforces the rules of society Government has the responsibility to provide for public good police powers public services taxes and most importantly to protect the power of the people If any of the above is not met it is up to the people to use its government to tell it what they want The role of government institutions in making public policy is the key to a stable political system Public policy is the decision government makes over a certain issue This job falls under the jurisdiction of the legislative branch It is congress job to make all the laws according to what the people want How does congress know what laws the people want made It is the peoples responsibility to choose their representatives and to use the government agencies at their reach to tell congress what they want All kinds of linkage institutions exist throughout the country to keep the law making process at the reach of the people Interest groups are also very important in this process Environmental groups for example have been responsible for the passing of many laws concerning endangered species Gun control groups have most recently taken incidents such as the one at Columbine High School to push for tighter gun control policies In order for an issue to become part of the public agenda the people must let the government know where they stand Political parties take on these issues and from there we elect our officials to carry on these issues After the laws are passed it is now up to the executive branch to implement the laws So in a sense even though it is not completely up to the people to make the laws the decisions they make in electing their leaders and officials affects them in many aspects What factors affect politics
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