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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GOVT 3032 - [Politics of Public Policy in the U.S.]


(SBA-AS)      
Spring. Next offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

J. Michener.

Public policies are political outcomes determined by processes that are complex, convoluted and often controversial. The aim of this course is to equip students with the conceptual tools necessary to understand these processes. We will begin with a review of popular approaches to studying policy and then move on to explore the various stages of policy development: agenda-setting, policy design, policy implementation, policy feedback and policy change. We will consider the roles played by both institutions (congress, the bureaucracy and interests groups) and everyday people. Finally, we will closely study several specific policy arenas (a few likely candidates include: education policy, health policy, social welfare policy and housing policy). As we engage all of these ideas, students will be consistently challenged to grapple with the paradoxes of policy making in a democratic polity and to envision pathways for substantive political change.
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