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University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development PPD 225 Public Policy and Management Spring, 2009 Thursdays, 6:00-9:20 pm RGL 105 Instructor : Lori Howard Glasgow, Ph.D. Office Hours : by appointment Office : RGL 107A Office Phone : 213-974-5555 E-mail : Lglasgow@lacbos.org Course Description 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. The course focuses on the use of public policy as a mechanism for addressing societal problems. 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 Thomas Dye. 2005. Understanding Public Policy , 12th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 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 Course handouts Course Format 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 class meeting. Student participation will be important throughout the semester; therefore, attendance at every class meeting is mandatory. 1
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Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings, handouts and questions (that is, do the reading before class). Course discussions will rely heavily on current events. Therefore, it is important for students to read a newspaper daily. Outside of the classroom, you will need to make use of the Blackboard course website in USC’s “TOTALe” system (you can access this at https://blackboard.usc.edu/), to review essential information and material for the course. It is essential that you have reliable web access and be familiar with the Blackboard system. Occasionally, important information may be sent around via a course email list, so be sure that your email is
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