Comparing The Social Construction Theory And Policy Feedback Theory

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In order to relate the Social Construction Theory (SCT) and Policy Feedback Theory (PFT) to the Campbell, Skocpol, and Soss and Schram articles, it is important to first understand each theory in broader terms. The SCT focuses on the patterns of policy change by explaining that policy is passed to either benefit deserving people or punish undeserving or dangerous people. It explains four social constructions and the way they receive benefits or punishments. The more respected and deserving a social group is, the more likely they are to receive benefits. And the more dangerous or undeserving a social group is, the more likely they are to receive punishments. The PFT seeks to explain the way in which enacted policy indirectly affects subsequent political processes and future policies by directly affecting the political agenda, power of groups, form of governance, and the meaning of…show more content…
Around the 1900s, European countries began offering nationwide, comprehensive benefits to the working class, which was made of men. They offered benefits to workers to incentivize citizens to join the labor force, which would give a great boost to the country’s economy. However, America began offering benefits to veterans and women, so much so that women received more benefits than men. This phenomenon directly contradicts an important statement made by the SCT. The SCT claims that dependents (such as women at that time) receive more rhetoric than actual benefits while the advantaged (such as working men) are the most benefitted group from policy. Women were dependents because they were looked favorably upon, but they lacked political power because they could not vote. If this were true, it would be impossible that women receive more benefits than men at this time. Skocpol’s article also discusses feedback effects from the

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