Integrated Policy Exercise
The Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) is a policy simulation held in the first week of January each year. All master’s level students are expected to participate*.
Beginning with the entering class of September 2012 and for a 2-year trial, students are allowed to replace the second IPE with enrollment in a 1-credit Project Skills Workshop, PubPol 778, which is offered both Fall and Winter semesters. Learn more about the trial.
The IPE provides you with a week-long opportunity to work intensively on a policy issue:
- The faculty leader of the IPE divides students into teams representing different
constituencies with an interest in the problem being studied.
- Working in small groups, students are assigned to represent a particular
viewpoint, such as a lobbying organization, elected politician, professional
organization or advocacy group.
- Groups spend the week in consultation with experts on the topic, preparing political strategies to achieve their clients’ objectives, and developing policy positions for their group. The week culminates in a negotiation process between all the groups involved.
The topic for the IPE varies from year to year. To get a sense of the range of topics covered and how the IPE works, please click on the links below:
- 2014: Great Lakes Water Diversion: Policy and Precedent for the Great Lakes Compact Council. Led by Liz Gerber
- 2013: A Regional Transportation Authority for Metropolitan Detroit: Transportation options for the Future. Led by Liz Gerber
- 2012: U.S.-Mexico Border Policy. Led by Ann Lin.
- 2011: Crisis in Iran. Led by John Ciorciari.
- 2010: Comprehensive Immigration Legislation. Led by Ann Lin.
- 2009: Global Climate Change Policy: Post Kyoto Protocol Negotiations. Led by Marina Whitman.
- 2008: Insuring Michiganís Uninsured: Options for Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care. Led by Liz Gerber.
- 2007: Special Meeting of the International Community on Reform of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Led by Jan Svejnar.
- 2006: The Detroit River International Border Crossing: Transportation Infrastructure Options for the Future. Led by Liz Gerber.
- 2005: Small Arms Forum. Participants explored three proposals to regulate the international small arms trade. Led by Susan Walz.
- 2004: Regional Solutions to Urban Revitalization.
Led by Liz Gerber.
- 2003: AIDS Global Forum. Led by Marina Whitman.