Political Science 198. Experimental Courses
Introduction to Public Policy
At its core, public policy is about problem solving: what problems exist, which should be addressed through governmental intervention, how we should do it, and whether we do it well. But also at its core, public policy is political: elected officials, interest groups, bureaucrats, and citizens vie for power in defining problems and proposing solutions. This course examines the politics of problem solving by considering the theory behind democratic policy making, the formal and informal actors who define and implement policies, and the strategies we can use to assess the efficacy of public policy.