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David S. Harrison
PB AF 598
Seattle Campus

Administrative and Policy Skills Workshop

Teaches practical administrative, leadership, and analytic skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and nonprofit sectors. The workshops emphasize hands-on problem resolution, simulations, and actual practice. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Topic: Introduction to Olympia Policy-Making

This one credit Evans School skills course explores multiple dimensions of the Olympia policy making process, focusing on how selected ideas for policy change are advanced by proponents through executive branch review, the lengthy and complex legislative process, and enactment into law. It examines the many determinants of the success of policy ideas that are presented; and explores such issues as the role of the executive branch in influencing the policy agenda and developing ideas to improve existing programs; the interplay between the executive and legislative branches; the efforts of legislative “champions” within and outside the committee structure; and the ways in which the merits of legislative proposals are examined.

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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.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 07/07/2008