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Positive and Negative Public Policies

Policies come in a wide variety of shapes and weight. Among them, two we have are positive and negative. We always talk about them without being aware of their structures. But for government, both are fully official. Positive is the opposite of negative. Hence, there is a big difference in how they work.

Details and examples are given about them below.

Positive Public Policy
Positive public policy is the one that comes in print. It is designed and approved by the government to solve a specific problem in the country or society. Positive public policy makes the government a powerful entity.Citizens know they are to abide by it or face penalty. In brief, positive public policy is action oriented. Its examples include:

  • Punishment for arrested murderers or thieves: This policy helps government fight violent crimes in the society.
  • Taxes: To run the country, the government needs money. Taxes help in this.
  • Bridge toll: By using the collected tolls, a bridge is maintained
Negative Public Policy
On the other side of the line, we have negative public policy. It is free of all actions. The issue exists. People want a solution. But government chooses to not come up with one. In some cases, the solution which it gave is nullified. The reason behind is that the government thinks the action is more problematic than helpful. Examples of negative policies are:
  • Not recognizing gay marriage: Some state governments said no to it because they were heavily challenged by those who reject the concept.
  • Lobbying: In some countries, it is associated with bribing and thus, is illegal. Here in US, it is legal. Unfortunately, big businesses are more prone to using it to keep laws more leaned towards their own interest. Consumers suffer. But government does not wish to do anything about it because parties usually get more money during election from the corporate world. Also in US, no policy is made without hearing from all the interest groups.
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