The war on poverty and affirmative action
Guy Peters describes public policy as: "the sum of government activities, whether acting directly or through other agents, as it has an influence on the lives of citizens" (Gerston, 1997). The public agendas „War on Poverty‟ and „Affirmative Action‟, addressed social and substantive issues that were not only controversial, but had major and long-lasting impacts on society. These issues shaped society into what it is today. The public agendas that these policies created will remain relevant for years to come.