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Governments do many things--legislators legislate, judges adjudicate,
and the executive executes. By now you probably have taken courses related
to the legislature, the executive, or the judicial process. What we tend
to forget, however, is that governments exist to do something-make our
nation safe, clean our air and water, or make it easier to get from Gainesville
to Waycross. The cumulative impact of these many actions (as well as the
actions not taken) is called policy--defense policy, transportation policy,
or environmental policy. Everybody complains about policy--why do we spend
so much on strategic defense and not land forces? So why doesn't the president
simply change policy? Well it is not that easy. Policies evolve over a
long period, are the product of cumulative political understandings, involve
fixed political and material costs, and simply are not that easy to change.
The purpose of this course is to teach you about policy--where it comes
from and why it is so difficult to change.
This course will be designed as follows. The first part of the course
will examine a series of readings related to policy development, the policy
process, implementation, and so on. We will then use this information
to examine specific policies in the latter part of the class. The examination
of policies will be in the form of my lectures, presentations of readings,
discussion of New York Times articles and guest presentations.
This class does not meet the Gordon Rule.
The goal of this class is to make you a more sophisticated consumer of
government policy actions and statements. This cannot be achieved simply
by listening to lectures. There will be substantial involvement by ALL
students in the learning process. This means that you will be in front
of the room, at least three times, making presentations. There will be
extensive opportunities for class discussions. Learning about policy is
not a spectator sport. You will be expected to participate actively in
There are several required readings. These readings , in the order that
they will be read are as follows:
|| Incrementalism and Public Policy
(Chapter 2, Implementation Book)
||Agendas, Alternatives, and Public
||Controversies in American Public Policy
||New York Times
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Reading assignments will be made at least one week prior to the week
in which the material will be discussed in class. You are expected to
read, consider, and be ready to discuss the readings in class.
Oral Chapter Reading
Each student, as part of his/her grade, will make an oral presentation
of a chapter reading. This presentation will include a brief outline/summary
or the chapter. You will be notified in advance of the class in which
you will make your presentation. Please note that YOU are responsible
for making this presentation on the day we discuss the reading. If you
cannot make this presentation it is your responsibility to have an alternate
make the presentation. Students should contact me before the class to
review the presentation. Each student must prepare a typed outline
of the chapter and distribute a copy to each of the other class members.
This typed outline must be completed and distributed to class students
on the day of the oral presentation. No presentation or typed report=no
You are expected to complete a research paper during the semester.
This assignment will be a paper that will research some aspect of public
policy. The paper must first examine the literature of some topic in
the course related to the study of public policy such as implementation.
The second part of the paper will then use this background material
to research how, for example, implementation is performed for a local,
state, or federal program/policy. My expectations regarding the paper
will be explained more fully during the first weeks of the class. The
paper must be typed and should be approximately 10 pages in length (double
spaced). The paper is due on the 17th of November. Papers received after
that date will have ten points deducted for each week (or part of a
week) that the paper is received after the 17th of November. Part of
the grade will be based on the quality of the writing. I expect that
you carefully prepare your paper, proofread or have a professional editor
comment on the document.
I expect that you will work closely with me in developing
the theme for your paper, preparing an outline, and Reviewing drafts
of the paper. I expect that you will perform these tasks in a timely
fashion. I believe that I can provide the best recommendations if you
prepare a typed description of the paper topic or outline. The deadlines
for performing the tasks for the paper are as follows:
Evaluation of paper topics, October 13
Review of paper outlines, October 27
Review of paper drafts, November 10
Click here to see a sample of
what is expected from an undergraduate student research paper
In addition, each student will participate as part of a team effort
to discuss one of the policy positions (for or against) presented in
the Hird book. The debates will provide us with an opportunity to become
familiar with the various important policy issues. More information
on the "mini debates" will be presented later in the semester. Click
here to view the debate assignment page.
Each student will prepare a written, detailed outline and discussion
questions (with a copy of the outline for each member of the class)
and summarize orally one NYT article during the semester. More
information will be provided in the class.
The quiz and first exam wil be in-class and a multiple choice
format and will cover readings, class lectures, dicussion and New York
The second exam will not be cumulative.
No make-up exams will be given.
is the responsibility of those who expect to graduate this semester
to meet with me as often as is necessary to insure that their class
performance will not harm their chances of graduating in December.
If you are disabled in any way and feel that there is
anything I need to know that might improve your learning environment
in the class, please contact my office by telephone (392-0262 X284)
or in person during my office hours as listed on the syllabus.
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