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John J. Madison
POL S 404
Seattle Campus

Topics in Public Policy

Examines selected issues of importance in all areas of public policy. Focus on in-depth analysis of vital public policy issues and the integration of economic, political, and administrative perspectives on them. Offered: jointly with PB AF 499.

Class description

Description: This course provides an insiders perspective of the inner workings of the Congress and state legislatures. It focuses on the strategic and tactical choices that legislators make in the development of national and state policies. Students will acquire an appreciation of the complex behind-the-scenes maneuvering, coalition-building, negotiation, and accommodation that advance legislative proposals to passage and enactment into law.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: Keefe and Ogul, 2000, The American Legislative Process: Congress and the States, 10th edition; Martin, 1994, Lessons from the Hill: the Legislative Journey of an Education Program.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Tactical Documents (issue brief, Dear Colleague letters, committee hearing plan), and an issue advocates strategic plan to move a legislative proposal through the legislative process.

Grading: Strategic plan: 35 % Tactical documents: 35 % Class participation: 30 % (includes student discussion and student presentation of an analysis of legislation) TOTAL: 100 %


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 08/27/2002