Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: U.S. Regulatory Policy
Instructor(s): Veronica Stidvent
Course: P A 188S - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Unique Number: 62604
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.360
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Meets 1/19 to 2/16/10

Description: The implementation of federal policy, including the execution of legislation, requires more regulation than ever in the country’s history. How did we become a regulatory state? How does the federal regulatory process work? What are the roles of Congress, the courts, the executive branch, and the public in developing regulatory policy? This course examines these questions and helps students develop an understanding of the modern regulatory state, its challenges, and the various and often opposing calls for reform.

The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of the federal regulatory framework, including the process by which regulations are promulgated and the stakeholders who influence that process. Students should also gain relevant analytical skills, including the ability to evaluate a regulation based on costs and benefits.

Required Texts:
1. Cindy Skrzycki, The Regulators: Anonymous Power Brokers in American Politics, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2003.
2. Cass Sunstein, The Cost-Benefit State: The Future of Regulatory Protection, American Bar Association, 2002

Other readings as assigned.

1. Class Participation 20%
2. Short Paper 20%
3. Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) 20%
4. Final exam 40%

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