PLCY 220H - The Politics of Public Policy

Examines approaches to American politics and public policy and analyzes why government responds to problems in predictable ways. Class Notes: Honors Carolina students register online when their registration appointment begins. Online registration ends April 16. At that time, submit a wait list request at students wishing to enroll should submit a wait list request at between April 16 and August 15. PLCY 220H.001 | The Politics of Public PolicyTR, 2:00PM - 3:15PM. Instructor(s): Rebecca Kreitzer. Enrollment = 24. One of the primary purposes of government is to serve the public good by developing and executing policies that benefit society as a whole. However, the process of determining what is best for society often generates debates and controversy. The first is to provide a framework for analyzing and understanding the politics of public policy formation. In order to do this, we will delve into analyzing the levers of power¿that is to say, the sources, distribution, manifestation, uses, abuses, limitations, and ramifications of power¿in order to answer questions such as: What are the organizations, institutions and policy actors (formal and informal) that motivate and shape public policy? How and why do certain issues reach the policy agenda? Why do some policies and issues fail to reach the policy agenda? What gets in the way of good public policy ? When are we likely to see major changes in public policies ? Using a combination of academic research, new articles and contemporary policy debates, students will leave the class with a new understanding of how the political process shapes the policies we have today.Rebecca Kreitzer is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a BA in Chinese and Political Science from Macalester College, and her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa. Her research explores questions of public opinion, interest groups, representation, policy feedback and policy diffusion in the states, with an area of expertise in gender and sexuality policy. . Add Consent: Department Consent Required. Enrollment Requirements: Any UGRD student who is a SO, JR or SR with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR any FYS Any UGRD student who is a SO, JR or SR with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR any FYS.
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