The Role of Federal, State, and Local Governments in Applying Public Policy
Public policies are applied in the United States primarily through the efforts of the federal, state, and local governments. Each level of government is responsible for enacting and enforcing laws that reflect public policy in the areas of taxation, education, health, and various other social issues (Bishaw, 2017). At the federal level, Congress passes legislation that impacts the entire nation. For example, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress in 2010 and has had a significant impact on healthcare policy in the United States (Bishaw, 2017). At the state level, governors and state legislatures have the power to pass legislation that applies to citizens of that state. For instance, individual states have the power to implement their own policies on issues such as education, healthcare, and welfare (Bishaw, 2017). Finally, local governments, such as cities and counties, are responsible for enacting and enforcing policies that affect the people living in their jurisdiction. For example, local governments may set the speed limit for roads and highways, or regulate the sale of alcohol (Bishaw, 2017). Cont…
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