The result of this process is seen in the form of government acts and laws that often indicate some level of skepticism in it (Dionne, pp. 23-49). The policymaking has to go through several steps that include “establishing agenda, formulation, adoption, implementation, evaluation, and termination” (CliffsNotes, n.p.). However, history shows that very few policies have come to the point of termination (CliffsNotes, n.p).
Another important factor that affects this process is financial analysis. The government is responsible for needs to set up financial skill set and its existence guarantees recognition by politicians and bureaucrats of the need for generalist skills in policymaking (Levin, Landy, & Shapiro, 35-47). Collecting survey data must also be within the allotted budget because in order to make effective policies, survey data must be accurate.
In 1970s, United States underwent a major energy crisis due to the decline in the oil production and consumed more amount of the worlds energy as compared to its population. this had a tremendous impact on the social and economic situation of the country. In addition to that, the post world war conditions in 1960s had dramatically increased the United States population as a result it had the highest mass standard of living in the world history.
All these factors combined gave birth to environmentalism, a movement concerned with the living conditions of creatures on earth. The growth of the movement was further advanced by the adverse conditions and extreme protests of the 60’s, which challenged imperialism, racism, and violence. Despite these diminishing conditions government failed to come up with effective policies as the Nixons Watergate scandal was in full swing, making it hard for them to take productive measures.