PUBPOL 585-002: Political Environment of Policymaking
7:27-7:27 pm EDT
This course focuses on the political environment within which policy analysis takes place. In the United States, public policies are formulated and implemented in a political system of widely-shared power by participants with many different, and often conflicting, goals. To be effective, policy analysts and public managers must understand this political system. The goal of this course is to provide the student with some of the background necessary to develop strategies for dealing effectively with the political environment of policy and administration. Most years, two variants of this course are available.
Two variants of this course are available. The variant offered in the winter semester focuses on various cases in the US domestic policy environment, while the variant offered in the fall semester compares political environments in the US and other countries (and focuses on cases in the area of science & technology policymaking).
Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program.
Parthasarathy's research focuses on the comparative and international politics and policy related to science and technology. She is interested in how to develop innovation, and innovation policy, to better achieve public interest and social justice goals. Much of her previous work has focused on the governance of emerging science and technology, particularly those that have uncertain environmental, social, ethical, political, and health implications.