Academics

Policy Making and Public Institutions

Course Number: 
GAFL 631
Instructor: 

Semester: 

  • Spring 2018
Course Format: 
On-Campus
On-Campus
On-Campus Day(s): 
Monday
Wednesday
On-Campus Time: 
1:30pm-3:00pm
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 idas and topics discussed in the class apply broadly to other democratic systems of goverment. The class will be a mix of lecture and cases. Cases are on a diverse set of policy topics, with a goal of illustrating braod themes about the policy-making process rather than the specifics of certain policy areas.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu