Faculty: Deirdre Martinez
Deirdre Martinez is Director of the Penn in Washington Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning her doctorate with distinction in education policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, she worked as an advocate and policy analyst in the nonprofit sector and served as Legislative Director to Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Her dissertation adapts John Kindgon's multiple streams model to decision making within interest groups.
This course examines the policy development process including: the interaction of branches of government; policy analysis; information; constituencies; and management of a policy development office. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the development of governmental policy, both at the macro level and from the viewpoint of persons who are in supporting roles to the major actors in the process. The formula employed to achieve this objective consists of a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, and activities that are designed to blend conceptual and practical skills.
This course satisfies a core requirement in the Master of Public Administration program.