11.002J / 17.30J Fundamentals of Public Policy, Fall 2002
Author(s)Meyer, Stephen M.; Laws, David
Fundamentals of Public Policy
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Provides an introduction to policy-making. Explores policy questions from the perspective of different focal actors, including administrative agencies, citizen and interest groups, and the media. Examines the interplay between policy development and institutions, and reviews normative and empirical models of policy-making. Considers the significance of the democratic context for policy-making. Primary focus on domestic policy. From the course home page: Course Description Fundamentals of Public Policy is an introductory course that explores policy-making as both a problem-solving process and a political process. We look at policy-making from the perspective of different focal actors and institutions, including: administrative agencies, legislators, the courts, the mass public, interest groups, and the media. We examine the interplay between policy development and institutions, and review normative and empirical models of policy-making. Exploring these issues will require us to address questions like: How and why does something come to be seen as a "public problem" requiring a governmental response, while others fail to get attention? Why do we need public policies? What determines the content and nature of public policies? Who decides public policy priorities? Does public policy every accomplish anything worthwhile?
policy-making, problem-solving process, political process, administrative agencies, legislators, the courts, the mass public, interest groups, media, policy development, empirical models, public policy, 11.002J, 17.30J, 11.002, 17.30, Political planning