Department of Political Science

PSC 237 U.S. Policymaking Processes

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New Political Science Track: Elections and GovernmentPhilosophy, Law, and Public Policy

Old Political Science Field: American Politics

Mary A. Kroeger
Spring 2018 — MWF

This course will give an introduction to how public policy is made in the United States. People, organizations, and political institutions will be discussed individually and how these entities amalgamate to create and implement public policy. Case studies of recent policymaking (e.g., regulating tobacco, financial regulation) will be central components of the course.


Spring 2014 ("W" Optional) — MW 15:25-16:40

Course Syllabus

An examination of major policy issues at the federal level. The normative justifications for governmental actions are discussed as well as the limitations imposed by bureaucracy and the decision-making process. Governmental programs that affect the poor are examined in detail, with special attention paid to an assessment of their impact and alternatives now under consideration.


Fall 2012 ("W" Optional) — MW 15:25-16:40

Course Syllabus

An examination of major policy issues at the federal level. The normative justifications for governmental actions are discussed as well as the limitations imposed by bureaucracy and the decision-making process. Governmental programs that affect the poor are examined in detail, with special attention paid to an assessment of their impact and alternatives now under consideration.


Fall 2009 ("W" Optional) — MW 15:25-16:40

Course Syllabus

An examination of major policy issues at the federal level. The normative justifications for governmental actions are discussed as well as the limitations imposed by bureaucracy and the decision-making process. Governmental programs that affect the poor are examined in detail, with special attention paid to an assessment of their impact and alternatives now under consideration.