MPA 59909 Policy Design and Analysis

This course will introduce students to critical analysis of public policy. Students will examine the complex interrelationship between politics and policy, and the challenges to designing effective policy to address social problems, using examples from current policy debates. Further, students will learn how policy analysis holds promise for strengthening public policy, as well as its limitations in ensuring that policy is sound and effective. This course will also address the role of ethics in designing and evaluating public policy. This will include consideration as to how multiple, competing social values held by citizens in a democratic, pluralistic society affect policy development. Finally, students will develop policy analysis skills and learn to apply these to a wide range of social policies.