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Public Policy

AP Government
Unit 6 Reading Guide – Chapters 16, 17, 18

Use this to guide your reading through the unit. It is strongly recommended that you take notes, as they will
assist you for quizzes and tests.

Chapter 13 –
13.1 Describe the sources of funding for the federal government and assess the consequences of tax expenditures and borrowing.
13.2 Analyze federal expenditures and the growth of the budget.
13.3 Outline the budgetary process and explain the role politics play.
13.4 Assess the impact of democratic politics on budgetary growth and of the scope of government.
14.1 Describe tax bases and tax structures
14.2 Explain the basic characteristics of corporate income taxes, the purposes of Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes.
14.3 Distinguish the differences between mandatory and discretionary spending and analyze the impact these types of expenditures have on the budget.
Chapter 16
16.1 Identify main policy tools that American government can employ to address economic problems and contrast Keynesian and supply-side economics.
16.2 Compare and contrast entitlements and means-tested programs.
16.3 Assess the extent of economic inequality and the role of government in lessening it.
16.4 Trace the changes over time in major federal welfare programs.
16.5 Outline how America’s Social Security program works and the challenge of keeping it financially solvent in the coming years.
16.6 Distinguish American social welfare policy from that of other established democracies.
16.7 Assess the impact of economic and social welfare policies on democracy and the scope of government in America.
Chapter 17
17.1 Outline the problems of health care in America and the role of government in health care.
17.2 Analyze the conflicts between economic growth and environmental protection and identify the major national environmental protection policies.
17.3 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each of the principles sources of energy in the United States.
17.4 Assess the role of democratic politics in making health care, environmental, and energy policy and the effects of policies on the scope of government.
Chapter 18
18.1 Identify the major instruments and actors in making national security policy.
18.2 Outline the evolution of major issues in American foreign policy through the end of the cold war.
18.3 Explain the major obstacles and successes in the war on terrorism.
18.4 Identify the major elements of U.S. defense policy.
18.5 Analyze the evolving challenges for U.S. national security policy.
18.6 Assess the role of democratic politics in making national security policy and the role of national security policy in expanding government.

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Unit 5 Exam CH 13 Overview I.O.U.S.A
I.O.U.S.A. Solutions
3/10 3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16
16.1 + 16.2 + 16.3 16.4 16.5 17.1 17.1
Economic Policy Social Policy and Social Security Health Care Health Care
Social Welfare, The Needy
Income, Poverty Ch 16 Quiz
Ch 16 Quiz Opens Closes
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17.2 17.2 17.2 17.2 17.2
Environmental Environmental Environmental Environmental Environmental
Policy Policy: Air Policy: Air Policy: Water Policy: Water
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17.2 17.3 17.3 17.3 Ch 17 Quiz Closes
Environmental Energy Policy: Energy Policy: Energy Policy:
Policy: Water Sustainability Renewable
Ch 17 Quiz Sources
3/31 4/1 4/3 4/2 4/4 4/5
18.2 18.3
18.1 + 18.4 18.5 Unit 6 Exam
Foreign Policy Foreign Policy
National Security National Security
Policy Policy