Pols 320 Final Exam Review Multiple Choice Questions (Part Two)

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Policy Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    Talk about how government goals such as “justice,” “equity,” and “national identity” may be confusing and contradictory. Really, this is because such policy goals are:
    • A. 

      Undemocratic

    • B. 

      Multidimensional

    • C. 

      Unidimensional

    • D. 

      Unconstitutional

  • 2. 
    Policy communities:
    • A. 

      Are necessary to ensure good policy design

    • B. 

      Are hierarchical, coordinated and tidy

    • C. 

      Go hand in hand with the notion of open government

    • D. 

      Typically exist in non liberal democratic states

  • 3. 
    Government provides a low-interest loan to an emerging high technology company to encourage it to expand its domestic operations. This is an example of a:
    • A. 

      Voluntary policy instrument

    • B. 

      Mixed policy instrument

    • C. 

      Compulsory policy instrument

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    When it comes to choice of policy instruments, a professional association might be involved in:
    • A. 

      Taxation

    • B. 

      Direct provision

    • C. 

      De-regulation

    • D. 

      Self-regulation

  • 5. 
    Cost-effectiveness analysis:
    • A. 

      Asks what was the ratio of benefits to costs in the public policy

    • B. 

      Considers the public policy in terms of its policy instrument

    • C. 

      Estimates the value-for-money received from a constituted policy community

    • D. 

      Measures the impact of policy goals

  • 6. 
    Globalization:
    • A. 

      Decreases the ability of domestic policymakers to control what happens in their state

    • B. 

      Increases the ability of domestic policymakers to control what happens in their state

    • C. 

      Adds too many variables to political research, thus affecting subsequent stages of the public policy process

    • D. 

      Inordinately focuses on economic factors affecting the public policy process to the exclusion of vital social and political factors

  • 7. 
    The actors in a policy community are:
    • A. 

      Interested in the outcome of the policy decision

    • B. 

      The experts

    • C. 

      The laypersons

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      The first and second responses (above) only

  • 8. 
    Policy communities:
    • A. 

      Develop policy in a structuralist manner

    • B. 

      May reflect the rational approach to public policy making

    • C. 

      May reflect the incrementalist approach to public policy making

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      The second and third responses (above) only

  • 9. 
    Policy communities in Canada are typically becoming:
    • A. 

      More restricted and smaller

    • B. 

      More open and inclusive

    • C. 

      More focused on economic policy

    • D. 

      More focused on health and social policy

  • 10. 
    BC Hydro is an example of:
    • A. 

      A voluntary policy instrument

    • B. 

      A mixed policy instrument

    • C. 

      A compulsory policy instrument

    • D. 

      A not for profit sector policy instrument

  • 11. 
    When it comes to the selection of policy instruments, the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights could be said to:
    • A. 

      Limit domestic policy makers

    • B. 

      Free domestic policy makers

    • C. 

      Have no effect for domestic policy makers

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    Elements for successful implementation include:
    • A. 

      Adequate time, agreed objectives, external constraints

    • B. 

      Fragmented authority, clear communication, no rebellion

    • C. 

      Enough people, correct sequence of tasks, clear causality

    • D. 

      Good design, dispersed authority, cooperation

  • 13. 
    Policy implementation is:
    • A. 

      External to bureaucracies

    • B. 

      A balancing act of discretion with accountability at the bureaucratic level

    • C. 

      Executed prior to the Royal Assent of legislation

    • D. 

      A mechanical, routinized process

  • 14. 
    The role of the public in the policy process could be described as:
    • A. 

      Judge

    • B. 

      Developer

    • C. 

      Consumer

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    A brilliant public policy, poorly implemented:
    • A. 

      Will nevertheless address another public problem

    • B. 

      Will still likely achieve its stated goals

    • C. 

      Will likely fail to achieve its stated goals

    • D. 

      Only be a failure if the public does not support it

  • 16. 
    The Drainage, Ditch and Dike Act, of British Columbia, in part states that: “The commissioners may enter into and on any land of any person, and inspect, survey, set out, take, expropriate, hold and acquire any land that may in their opinion be necessary to have and hold for the construction, operation, maintenance or repair of any works authorized by this Part.” This is an example of a:
    • A. 

      Voluntary policy instrument

    • B. 

      Mixed policy instrument

    • C. 

      Compulsory policy instrument

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    “Moral concerns are always just below the surface of debates that purport to be scientific.” In terms of political research, this is most like:
    • A. 

      Normative philosophy taking precedence over engineering research

    • B. 

      Theory-oriented research taking precedence over positive theory research

    • C. 

      Engineering research taking precedence over normative philosophy

    • D. 

      Normative philosophy taking precedence over positive theory research

  • 18. 
    Policy evaluation is the domain of:
    • A. 

      Elected representatives

    • B. 

      The public

    • C. 

      Think tanks

    • D. 

      The media

    • E. 

      All of the above

    • F. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    Rationalism assumes that
    • A. 

      Policy makers have all the information they need

    • B. 

      Policy makers do not have all the information they need

    • C. 

      Public problems cannot be fully resolved

    • D. 

      The public policy process operates in the environment of the “real world”

  • 20. 
    Section 242 of Canada’s Criminal Code reads: “A female person who, being pregnant and about to be delivered, with intent that the child shall not live or with intent to conceal the birth of the child, fails to make provision for reasonable assistance in respect of her delivery is, if the child is permanently injured as a result thereof or dies immediately before, during or in a short time after birth, as a result thereof, guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.” This is like an example of:
    • A. 

      A voluntary policy instrument

    • B. 

      A mixed policy instrument

    • C. 

      A compulsory policy instrument

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 21. 
    The most precise level of measurement is:
    • A. 

      Nominal measurement

    • B. 

      Ordinal measurement

    • C. 

      Interval measurement

    • D. 

      Variable measurement

  • 22. 
    Impact evaluation looks at:
    • A. 

      How the program was delivered

    • B. 

      How the program spent its fiscal resources

    • C. 

      Whether the program achieved its goals

    • D. 

      Whether the program had clear, consistent communication

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      The policy is still a success

    • B. 

      The policy is a failure

    • C. 

      Cost-effectiveness analysis will show that the policy is a success

    • D. 

      Cost-benefit analysis will suggest the policy is a failure

  • 24. 
    Which of the following is not a cost of open government?
    • A. 

      Time consuming

    • B. 

      Watered-down public policies

    • C. 

      Expanded participation to pacify or co-opt certain interests

    • D. 

      All of the above are costs of open government

  • 25. 
    “Families are expected to perform many of the tasks that shape the character, habits, and abilities of those who, in their turn, will become adult members of society.” This quotation is implicitly referring to:
    • A. 

      Voluntary policy instruments

    • B. 

      Mixed policy instruments

    • C. 

      Compulsory policy instruments

    • D. 

      None of the above