Public Policy


SPE313: Microeconomics and Public Policy (Auerbach)
This course is an introduction to microeconomic theory and its application to public policy analysis. You will learn basic, yet powerful analytical tools to understand and evaluate public policy problems. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, consumer choice theory, the theory of the firm, input market analysis and the analysis of market structure.

PP325: Urban Political Economy (Staff)
This course examines the critical urban issues and approaches toward problem solving. It focuses on the political structure and fiscal capacity of cities, as well as changing demographic and economic patterns to understand how these factors affect decision making.

PP330: Public Policy Process (Staff)
This core course examines how policy is formed, framed, and filtered in the American Political system. Various theories and models of policy making are examined and compared. Emphasis is placed on the process interactions between decision makers, interest groups, administrative agencies, the courts, the media, and the general citizenry in formulating, adopting, implementing and evaluating policy.

PP331: Policy Evaluation (Staff)
This course will address alternative models for understanding and evaluating public policy, ranging from those based on traditional welfare economics to others based on political philosophy. Case applications for each of the major models will be discussed. Research design tailored to the appropriate conceptual approach and the practical requirements of the research setting will be explored. Each student should develop a working knowledge of how to consider, design, and manage applied research studies in a range of policy areas.

PP335: Environment & Resource Economics (Staff)
This course provides a broad understanding of the relationship between near-term economic growth and environmental and resource protection. We will use individual case studies to develop this understanding, appropriate methodologies of analysis, and the implication for public policy. It is assumed that students have a basic understanding of microeconomic principles.

PP338: Policy Implementation (Staff)
In this seminar we explore the theoretical and analytical issues associated with the development of public policies. Our focus will be divided between theoretical level discussions of policy formation and implementation and their application in real world settings. Consideration will be given to methods of policy/program evaluation, and attention to methods of analysis will be central to each student's term paper.

PP340: Business and Public Policy (Staff)
This course explores the interaction between businesses and public institutions, through the use of lectures, discussions, and case studies. We focus on issues of media exposure and use, interest groups and lobbying, foreign trade and multinational corporate strategies, legislative decision making, political bargaining, and business and political ethics.

PP341: U.S. Immigration Policy (Staff)
This course will examine the historical and contemporary dimensions of U.S. immigration policy. An in-depth examination of the Immigration and Naturalization Service will be undertaken.

PP342: Policy Strategies & Institutional Design (Staff)

PP344: Political Economy of Women & Work (Schroedel)

This course explores the ways in which women's work experience is shaped by gender, distinguishing between those problems amenable to legislative solution and those requiring radical social transformation. Special attention will be paid to linkages between home and work, based on recognition that the person is political.

PP345: Urban Politics (Staff)
This course will examine the major sources of political power in the city and how they influence which policies city governments pursue. We look at the role of economic power, protest action, neighborhood groups and voting in the context of whether there is a bias in urban politics that systematically favors some groups over others and how likely it is that the bias could be overcome. How likely is it that new groups will gain power and representation in urban government, and will it make a difference in the policies cities pursue?

PP346: Urban Economic and Community Development (Staff)

PP348: Seminar in Public Policy (Staff)

PP349: Special Topics in Public Policy (Staff)

PP483: Legal Research Methods (Blickenstaff)

PP490: Policy Clinic (Staff)


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