PPPM 388: International Public Policy

Dyana Mason
Course Description
Public policy is concerned with the outcomes of the political process. Public policies everywhere are shaped by ideology, institutions, political culture, participation by citizens, and the influence of the media, political parties, and interest groups. This course introduces international dimensions of public policy making by comparing national systems of governance, public policy making processes, and public policy decisions. Students explore the world’s diverse institutions of government and politics with a specific focus on developed democracies. Students investigate concepts, theories, and approaches to comparative public policy by using the cases of economic policy, welfare policy, educational policy, health care policy, and environmental policy. In London, this is a classroom-based course that includes a field trip to the UK Houses of Parliament.