Note: PubPol 510 combines and replaces content previously offered in PubPol 585 and 560. PubPol 510 is now the required core politics course.
Policy analysis is a profession that brings systematic thinking and social scientific evidence to bear on substantive problems, but policymakers seldom defer to expert judgments. Many see policy analysis as material to be deployed selectively and strategically in political battles fought on other terms. To be effective, policy specialists must understand the political environments in which they operate, including the participants who shape policy within particular domains; the ways in which they perceive problems and solutions; the interests and ideologies likely to govern their actions; the strategies they use; and the institutional arrangements and processes that shape their behavior and constrain their decisions. The goal of the core politics course is to help you approach such matters more critically and strategically, especially as you take on new jobs in an upwardly mobile career. Every section of the course emphasizes a different level of governance: international, comparative, or national/subnational
Professor of Public Policy; Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy program
Parthasarathy studies the governance of emerging science and technology and politics of evidence and expertise in policy in comparative and international perspective. Her current work focuses on the development and implications of COVID-19 testing, and inclusive innovation in international development. She co-hosts The Received Wisdom podcast.