Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Public policy in America affects a vast range of activities. Examples of public policy readily come to mind, and these policies can affect each person in hundreds of different ways. Public policy may be directly confronted, as in paying taxes, or may be largely forgotten, as in benefiting from tile fire and police protection provided by the taxes. Regardless of the public policy, "The study of public policy is, in a specialized way, the study of politics in society." Public policy is political in nature because it involves conflict and struggle among individuals and groups having conflicting desires.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Marlene Karen Wilken August, 1987

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