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Spring 2012 - 61995 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

The American Presidency

Instructor(s): Buchanan, Bruce
Unique Number: 61995
Day & Time: T 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Room: BAT 5.102
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course is cross-listed in the Government Department and the LBJ School, which reflects its theory-practice orientation. Course topics and readings offer an overview of the interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. The two broad questions that integrate the disparate topics covered are: (1) "How does the presidency work?" and  (2) "What is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?"

The course has three aims:

  1. To provide a coherent introduction to the major literature on the presidency,
  2. to identify and address enduringly important questions about the institution and its central figure, and
  3. to sharpen student writing, deliberation and presentation skills.

This course is offered by the Government Department (GOV 381L.7 #38095)