Walden University Application Influence on Public Policy Analysis

Assignment: Application: Influence on Public Policy

Newspapers frequently feature stories on how various democratic principles and processes contribute to democratic governance and impact a wide variety of issues, ranging from the distribution of flu vaccines to the appropriate legal venue for terrorist trials. Public policies that are formulated to address such issues come about as the result of the influence and application of various democratic principles and processes. In addition, competing interests and factions engage in the democratic process using tools such as lobbying or elections in an effort to leverage public policy. As you think about democratic principles and processes for this Assignment, take note of where you see their influence in recent public policy issues.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the article “War v. Justice: Terrorism Cases, Enemy Combatants, and Political Justice in U.S. Courts” in this week’s Learning Resources. Take note of key democratic principles explained. Consider how the democratic principles in the article might influence public policy.
  • Review the articles “Strategic Lobbying: Demonstrating How Legislative Context Affects Interest Groups’ Lobbying Tactics” and “The Study of Party Factions as Competitive Political Organizations” in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Think about the democratic processes used by lobbying groups and political factions to influence public policy.
  • Select a public policy issue related to your specialization or to an area with which you are familiar.
  • Select three democratic principles and/or processes that you think might influence the formulation of public policy related to your issue.
  • Reflect on how these principles and processes of democracy influence the formulation of the public policy you selected.

This is The Question

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Briefly describe the public policy issue you selected for this Assignment.
  • Using three democratic principles and/or processes of your choice, explain how you think these democratic principles and/or processes influence the formulation of public policy.
  • Based on your analysis, share at least one insight you gained about the influence of democratic principles and processes on the formulation of public policy. Or, if you live outside the United States, explain how these democratic principles might affect governance in your country.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.


Victor, J. N. (2007). Strategic lobbying: Demonstrating how legislative context affects interest groups’ lobbying tactics.
American Politics Research, 35(6), 826–845.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Wilke, C. (2005). War v. justice: Terrorism cases, enemy combatants, and political justice in U.S. courts.
Politics and Society,
33(4), 637–669.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Optional Resources

Rosenbloom, D. H., Kravchuk, R. S., & Clerkin, R. M. (2009c). Public administration and democratic constitutionalism. In
Public administration: Understanding management, politics, and law in the public sector (7th ed., pp. 466–506). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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