Fall 2005 Course Description

Politics and Process

Instructor(s): Bobby Inman
Course: P A 383C - Politics and Process
(previously Policy Development)
Unique Number: 64005
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
Waitlist Information:Dougald MacMillan, 512-232-5187
Notes: Same as LAW 371U-26670

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: What do Somalia, Three Mile Island, and 9/11 have in common? They were all unexpected crisis events that that shook the nation and challenged the national policy apparatus. This course affords students the opportunity to examine and analyze policy formulation and implementation at the federal level, under the specialized circumstances of unforeseen crises. The nature of policy structures, organizations, and institutions will be examined to assess how problems are defined, agendas are set, information gathered, decisions reached and implemented, and their effects. The course uses a crisis case study approach to examine policy development in the areas of global trade and finance, humanitarian and environmental policy, asymmetric threats, and national security. The aim of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the federal government's ability to formulate and execute effective policy, especially when forced to depart from the routine by unexpected focusing events.

Requirements: A group presentation analyzing selected policy issues and recommending solutions and a mid-term exam will be completed.


Thomas A. Birkland, After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focusing Events.

This course is offered for letter grade only.

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