This research work analyzes the impact of public opinion on public policy in Nigeria from 2010-2012 while narrowing it down to the economic policy of deregulation or fuel subsidy removal of 2012. Broadly divided into five chapters, the work breaks down how governmental decisions are being influenced by the opinions of the people in the democracy of Nigeria. History had it that before the discovery of oil, agriculture gave Nigeria about 70% of her income until now oil has earned Nigeria a higher foreign income. Hence, this work fills the gap and age answers to questions on whether public policies are products of public opinion, the impact of public opinion on public policies and if the deregulation is a solution to poverty and underdevelopment. The system theory became the theoretical framework which deals on policy input and policy output. A historical analysis was made on the topic while the effect of public opinion on public policies were also discovered. Policies for managing poverty and underdevelopment were broken down in the work. At the end, the work gives an insight and explains the reasons behind policy making in Nigeria.

Table of Content
Title Page—————————————————-i
Approval Page———————————————-ii
Acknowledgement ————————————–v-vi
Abstract —————————————————-vii
Table of Contents ————————————–viii-x

Chapter One:
General Introduction
1.1 Background of the Study —————————1-8
1.2 Statement of the Problem—————————-8-11
1.3 Objective of the Study———————————–12
1.4 Literature Review ————————————12-31
1.5 Significance of the Study——————————–32
1.6 Theoretical Framework——————————32-37
1.7 Hypotheses——————————————–37-38
1.8 Methods of Data collection and Analysis————-38
1.9 Scope and Limitations of the Study——————-38
1.10 Definition of Terms.——————————–39-41

Chapter Two:
The Influence of Public Opinion on Public Policy: A Historical Analysis
2.1 The Colonial Era.———————————–42-53
2.2 The Military Era————————————-53-69
2.3 The Civilian Era————————————-69-90

Chapter Three:
The Impact of Public Opinion on Public Policy in Nigeria.
3.1 The Abrogation of the Anglo-Nigerian Defence Pact and the Rejection of the Non-Aligned Policy. ————-91-102
3.2 The Rejection of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Loan and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Membership.—————-102-114
3.3 Establishment of Anti-Corrupt Agencies and Palliative measures.—————————–114-127

Chapter Four:
Policies for Managing Poverty and Underdevelopment in Nigeria.
4.1 The Policy of Nationalization and Indigenization——————————-128-138
4.2 The Policy of Poverty Alleviation.———–138-156
4.3 The Policy of Deregulation and the Opinion against
Deregulation ———————————156-172

Chapter Five:
Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations
5.1 Summary—————————————–173-179
5.2 Conclusion————————————–179-182
5.3 Recommendations—————————–182-186
Bibliography ————————————187-189

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