Public Policy 510: The Politics of Public Policy

This course focuses on the politics of international public policy. We examine the basic features of the international system, including interstate relations, institutions, norms and transnational networks. We introduce concepts and models of the foreign poliicy process in comparative perspective. We examine the politics of key international institutions. We then study the politics surrounding specific policies by using cases pertaining to international security, economic development, and human rights.

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Public Policy 580: Values & Ethics in Public Policy

This course focuses on ethics in international affairs. We examine various conceptions of the common good and analyze the types of normative arguments that policy actors make to motivate or justify particular policy preferences. These include arguments rooted in notions such as justice, fairness, efficiency, freedom, solidarity, and sovereignty. We then apply these concepts and frameworks to discuss the ethics of specific contemporary cases. We discuss cases involving international trade, aid, and development; conflict, security and humanitarian intervention; global environmental challenges; and human rights and reconciliation.

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Public Policy 621. Peacebuilding: Law, Diplomacy and the Transition from Conflict

This course examines key legal and political issues facing the United Nations and other international policy actors as they endeavor to build peace in areas emerging from conflict. We focus primarily on three aspects of the complex, challenging process from war to peace: military peacekeeping operations, (re)constructing ravaged economies and public governance institutions, and transitional justice. We use a series of case studies from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Balkans to examine and learn from a range of international policy approaches in each of these domains.

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Public Policy 320. Politics, Political Institutions, and Public Policy

This undergraduate course provides an introduction to public policy and the analysis of political processes, in the United States and at the international level. Why do some ideas become policies while others fail? Whose preferences matter most in shaping policies? What laws and norms are most relevant in any given case? How do institutions bias the political process in favor of particular groups, and how can those biases be challenged or exploited? We examine the basic institutions and procedures through which policies are made or unmade, theoretical approaches to help us understand policy outcomes, and a series of in-depth case studies to illustrate the policy process in practice.

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