What is public policy anyways? The purpose of this podcast is to look at paleontology and prehistory from the lens of public policy by focusing on the actors, institutions, and events that shape this community. This could include grants for earth science research provided by the National Science Foundation, local ordinances requiring paleontological mitigation on construction sites, presidential executive orders regarding the designation of national monuments, or utilizing paleontology to encourage children to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
In this episode I spoke with Dr. Paul Cairney, professor of Politics and Public Policy at Stirling University, about the basic concepts that underpin this academic discipline. We discuss the policy making process, elements of public policy’s definition, the role of storytelling in policy advocacy, coalition building, and much more!