Spring 2018





Policy Making and Public Institutions

Term: 
Spring 2017
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
GAFL 631 001
Day(s): 
Tuesday
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

LAPINSKI, JOHN S

Primary Program: 
Fels Institute of Government
Course Description: 

This course introduces students to the theories and practice of the policy-making process. There are four primary learning objectives. First, understanding how the structure of political institutions matter for the policies that they produce. Second, recognizing the constraints that policy makers face when making decisions on behalf of the public. Third, identifying the strategies that can be used to overcome these constraints. Fourth, knowing the toolbox that is available to participants in the policy-making process to help get their preferred strategies implemented. While our focus will primarily be on American political institutions, many of the ideas and topics discussed in the class apply broadly to other democratic systems of government. The class will be a mix of lecture and cases. Cases are on a diverse set of policy topics, with a goal of illustrating broad themes about the policy-making process rather than the specifics of certain policy areas.