Citizen and Public Administrator

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It is clear that our elected officials and public servants have a duty to serve the public and promote the public good. What seems to be less clear, though, is that we as citizens also have this duty. In consonance with James Madison, Founding Father, and the key author of the U.S. Constitution, the people are the only legitimate fountain of governmental power. If this is true, are “we the people” not obligated to ensure that our policy process remains consistent with the spirit of the Framers?

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Lessig, L. (Speaker). (2014). The unstoppable walk to political reform. Retrieved from

and reflect on how you can be an agent of social change relative to the public policy process.

Post by an explanation about how would you assess your role as a citizen and an agent for social change in the policy process given the attached topics covered in this course? As a public administrator, how might the concepts and ideas from this course help you in becoming a more informed and engaged citizen?

Also, how can you be an agent of social change in the policy process of Nigeria? How will you become a more engaged and informed resident in the United States?

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Lessig, L. (Speaker). (2014). The unstoppable walk to political reform. Retrieved from

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Topics Covered Week 1: Introduction to Public Policy Politics and American Institutions ➢ Intellectual Origins of the U.S. Constitution with spirit of federalist papers Week 2: Intellectual Foundations: The Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate ➢ Scope and Limits of Power –Federalist and anti-federalist arguments ➢ Cato – Anti-Federalist arguments in relative to “governing by Consents” Week 3: Leadership in a Presidential System ➢ The Modern Presidency - examples of contemporary administrations allegedly overstepping executive authority and explain how ➢ Executive Orders – an explanation of whether presidential power has increased or declined based on the considerable reduction in the number of executive orders issued by contemporary presidents. Week 4: Congress and Partisanship ➢ Party Politics - a description of the powers of the legislative branch that have either grown or diminished in the 21st century and explain how Week 5: The Courts and the Topography of Modern Public Policy ➢ State and Federal Courts ➢ Lifetime or Limited Terms? Week 6: Interest Groups in American Politics ➢ Interest Groups ➢ Citizen Participation Week 7: The “Fourth” Branch of Government: The Bureaucracy ➢ Federal Bureaucracy Week 8: Reporting, Analyzing, and Shaping Policy: The Role of the Media ➢ Media and Public Policy Week 9: The Public Private Nexus ➢ Privatization ➢ Social Justice and Privatization Week 10: Politics, Policy Outcomes, and the American Community ➢ Politics and Policy
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Citizen and Public Administrator
Politically, our elected officials and public servants have the duty to serve the public and
promote the public good. As citizens we also have the duty ‘it is our duty, to ourselves, to
posterity and to mankind, call on us by every motive which is sacred or honorable, to watch over
the safety of our beloved country during the troubles which agitate and convulse the residue of
the world and sacrifice to that personal and local considerations” Thomas Jefferson (1809).
Policy process is the process in which public policy is formed, implemented and evaluated, it is a
never ending process which can be broken down into; Problem identification, Agenda setting,
policy making, Budgeting, Implementation and Evaluation.
The framers of the constitution were more interested on addressing the challenges
that were going to be faced in future which was very uncertain. They were putting the future of
the country in the hands of the future generations (Stone & Marshall, 2011). As citizens we have
the right and responsibility to use the freedom ...

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