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  • Students will become familiar with competing theories, models, and analytical frameworks for understanding policymaking, particularly in the U.S. context.


Course requirements include three written policy exercises, two letters to policymakers, active class participation, and a final exam. Each policy exercise will count for 20 percent of the grade, and the final exam will count for 40 percent.

Required Textbooks

  • Deborah Stone, Policy Paradox and Political Reason (NY: W.W. Norton & Co.) 2002.
  • John Kingdon, Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, 2nd edition (NY: HarperCollins) 1995.
  • Cindy Skrzycki, The Regulators (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc) 2003.