University of Southern California
School of Policy, Planning, and Development
PPD 225 Public Policy and Management
Spring, 2009 Thursdays, 6:00-9:20 pm
Lori Howard Glasgow, Ph.D.
: by appointment
This course provides students with a basic introduction to the institutions and processes
involved with making and managing public policy in the United States.
It is an
introduction to public policy and management, and serves as part of the core curriculum
for the undergraduate degree in the School of Policy, Planning and Development.
course focuses on the use of public policy as a mechanism for addressing societal
It investigates models of the policy-making process, including agenda setting,
alternative design, adoption, implementation and evaluation.
Because public policy
choices are only as effective as the managerial processes that implement them, this course
also focuses on public management.
Public managerial processes have become
particularly complex in a world characterized by rapid population change, technological
evolution, and a blurring of boundaries between public and private spheres of action.
This course covers key dimensions of public management, and evaluates alternative
institutional arrangements for managing public affairs and delivering public services.
Course Required Texts
Understanding Public Policy
, 12th Edition.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Donald F. Kettl.
The Global Public Management Revolution: A Report on The
Transformation of Governance
Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press, 2000
James Q. Wilson.
Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It
Scranton, PA: Basic Books, 1989
Mark Abramson et al, “Six Trends Transforming Government
Available on Blackboard
Additional reading assignments that will be available on Blackboard
This course will be conducted by means of lecture, in-class exercises, group discussion
and case studies. It is important that students bring the required textbooks to every
meeting. Student participation will be important throughout the semester; therefore,
at every class meeting is mandatory.