PubPol 510

PubPol 510.004 The Politics of Public Policy

To see additional course meeting information, please

login with your U-M Level 1 password

Fall 2024
Fall 2024
Course Section
U-M Course Number
Credit Hours
Class Size

This is a core course restricted to Ford School students only. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

The primary objective of this core course in the MPP curriculum is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for effective political analysis of public policy issues and decisions.  The course covers conceptual and analytic frameworks for understanding political processes, institutions, stakeholders, contexts and policy decision making.  In addition, the course builds written and verbal communication skills, emphasizing the ability to convey clear and concise political analyses in a variety of formats, including policy memos.

This section helps students understand the political context of the policy process, with a focus on the U.S. context. Students will be introduced to the aspects of the "policy cycle", from problem definition and framing to implementation, and analyze how aspects of the political context, both inside and outside government structures, influence different aspects of the policy cycle. Specifically, we will consider agenda setting, framing and rhetoric, and discuss how the way that we define, understand and discuss problems impacts solutions to those problems.  We will also explore how political influences both inside and outside the government influence this process. During the course, students will also develop strategies for responding to the political environment and improve both analytical and communications skills.