UNLV PSC 320 - Public Policy Formation POLITICAL SCIENCE 320 Syllabus (6 pages)

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Psc 320 - Policy Analysis
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Public Policy Formation POLITICAL SCIENCE 320 University of Nevada Las Vegas Fall 2006 Professor Phone Office Office Hours Email Website Class Meets Kenneth E Fernandez 702 895 4029 Department of Political Science Wright Hall B209 M 10 11 30am and W 3 30 to 5pm or by appointment kenneth fernandez unlv edu www unlv edu faculty3 kfernandez policy htm MW 8 30 9 45 a m CBC C223 Introduction This course provides an introduction to the study of public policy formation by focusing on major emphases in the literature and providing a survey of basic public policy concepts and processes We will look not only at the mechanics of the public policy process but also at the various actors those who influence or seek to influence policy in government business and the citizenry We will also focus on how the field might contribute to central theoretical issues in political science such as democracy representation and responsiveness as well as effectiveness and efficiency These issues often revolve around questions of who has power and what are the relationships among institutions rules and norms in the allocation of the advantages and disadvantages in the policy process This course has several objectives Students should be able to define public policy and recognize government action inaction on behalf of citizens identify and compare competing explanatory models identify and place major political actors and institutional features of the policymaking process critically assess policy initiatives and evaluate public policy and finally improve students critical thinking and writing skills Texts Kenneth Bickers and John T Williams Public Policy Analysis 2001 Thomas Dye Top Down Policy Making 2001 Elaine Sharp The Sometime Connection Public Opinion and Social Policy 1999 Other Readings electronic reserves 1 Cochran Clarke et al 2003 American Public Policy Chapter 4 Economic Issues Taxing Spending and Budgeting 2 Stella Z Theodoulou and Chris Kofins 2004 Defense Policy in The Art of the



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