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Rebecca U Thorpe
POL S 573
Seattle Campus

Topics in Public Policy

Specialized research topics with a policy process or related theoretical content.

Class description

This course is about the politics of institutional failure with a focus on domestic policy problems. The class is divided into three parts. Part I will focus on how leading theories view the role of government institutions and citizenry in the policy process. In Part II, we will examine several unintended consequences of the U.S. constitutional design and the ways in which these consequences thwart policy outcomes. In Part III, we will consider the role of political power arrangements in the persistence of several policy problems plaguing inner-cities, including concentrated poverty, mass incarceration and failing public schools.

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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 Rebecca U Thorpe
Date: 11/08/2010