Analysis of Public Policy
This course concentrates on the interdisciplinary nature of public policy analysis. It evaluates the processes through which policy is created and the dynamics of power and access to the policy process. Measurements of policy success and ways to improve both policy quality and the efficiencies of its implementation are evaluated and explored. Federalism, power and the policy process, bureaucracy (the fourth branch of government), the political economy, theories of policy creation and policy evaluation, civil rights, health and welfare, education, defense, criminal justice, and the environment are some issues to be addressed.