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Number:PS320
Name:Public Policy Formulation
Description:Students will examine theories of the policymaking process in the United States. Topics of influence in policymaking that are examined in this course include democratic representation, the role of the lobby, the impact of central mandates, referenda and initiatives, budget considerations, the influence of media, and the role of campaign finance.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): PS111

Course Objectives

Students shall understand and/or be exposed to the process and function of national, state, and local policymaking, case studies of successful and unsuccessful policy, the formulation of social and political organizations/special interests and their influence, the role of budgets in policymaking, the rationale behind the imposition of policy mandates, the nexus between elections and policymaking, the role of the media in the formulation of public policy.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
F 2011 ESSENCE OF DECISION 0-321-01349-2 ALLISON 2 LONGMAN
F 2011 Essence of Decision 0321013492 Allison 2 Longman
F 2011 Public Policymaking Anderson 7 Wadsworth
F 2011 PUBLIC POLICYMAKING 0-618-97472-5 ANDERSON 7 WAD
S 2008 PUBLIC POLICY WILSON MCG
S 2008 TAKING SIDES: PUBLIC POLI NATOLI MCG
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