In this course you have covered the various stages of public policy from agenda setting to lobbying to implementation. The final stage you will examine in this discussion is policy termination, when a policy is repealed. There are many reasons that policy termination may occur, one of which is when sub-par policies are implemented based on the compromise of opposing factions. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was an example of a public policy that was a compromise between the Clinton administration and its opponents in Congress and the military. Compromise sometimes yields good policy, but sometimes it produces internally inconsistent and counterproductive policy. The LGBT Rights social movement worked hard to repeal this policy, even though many in the government and the military were not ready to remove the policy.
For this discussion, review the required resources and using DADT as an example please address the following:
- What do you see to be the potential strengths and weaknesses of policy borne of compromise?
- The 18-year process of repealing DADT suggests that policy termination can be a lengthy process. Should policies be inherently difficult to terminate, especially those rooted in public attitudes?
- Describe at least one direct (i.e. direct action against DADT) and one indirect (i.e., shifting cultural attitudes) way that the LGBT rights social movement supported the repealing DADT. ?
- In general, how can a social movement help to implement or repeal a public policy? What is another example of a social movement implementing or repealing a policy?
Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format.
Botelho, G. (2011, September 20). “Repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ seen as ‘tipping point’ in gay rights movement..” CNN. Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/19/politics/military-dadt-policy/
(This article discusses the role that the LGBT rights social movement played in the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Read this article to successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Policy Termination: DADT.”)
Boundless. “LGBTQ Civil Rights..” Boundless Political Science. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 13 Jun. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/political-science/textbooks/boundless-political-science-textbook/civil-rights-5/civil-rights-of-other-specific-groups-42/lgbtq-civil-rights-242-8705/
(This article provides an overview of the LGBT rights social movement and the role it played in the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Read this article to successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Policy Termination: DADT.”)
Herek, G. (n.d.). “Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S. Military: Historical Background .” Retrieved from: http://psc.dss.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/military_history.html
(This article provides an overview of movements to support integration in the U.S. military, with a particular focus on how the LGBT rights social movement fought to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Read this article to successfully complete this week’s discussion, “Policy Termination: DADT.”)