POSC 182 Syllabus - Summer 09

POSC 182 Syllabus - Summer 09 - Politics and Economic...

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1 Politics and Economic Policy Political Science 182 2009 Summer Session I Instructor: Shawn Schulenberg Office: 22___ Watkins Hall Email: shawn.schulenberg@email.ucr.edu Office Hours: M-R 10:30AM-11:00AM and by appointment Lecture: MTWR 11:20AM-12:40PM HMNSS 1501 Description One can sit around all day discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a specific economy policy, but its theoretical merits alone will not determine whether it ever sees the light of day. Politics will. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding about how political actors, ideas, and institutions affect economic policymaking. The course will begin with a discussion of political institutions and regimes. Specifically, we will study the impacts of the number of players involved in policymaking (i.e. democracies vs. autocracies) in addition to the level and role of government intervention in the economy (i.e. state-led vs. market-led growth). In the second part of the course, we will study economic policymaking within the United States, with a focus on its political culture as the influence of business, labor, and post-materialism. How much influence and power do each of these actors have? Third, we will look at specific policies themselves—taxes, fiscal policy, and monetary policy—and how they can be used to regulate an economy, especially within the context of the current economic crisis. Finally, we will venture outside of the U.S. to look at international economic policies, with a focus on globalization and free trade. Because they are often misunderstood, we will study what they really entail as well as normative arguments for and against. Expectations 1. Be prepared . There is not a huge amount of reading for this course. The assigned readings should be completed before the class period in which they are assigned. The more prepared you are, the better able you are to develop connections between the readings and the lecture. 2. Show respect . Often in political science, we find that there is no one absolute answer or truth. Politics is oftentimes about ideas and perspectives that change and evolve over time. That having been said, it is important to respect your fellow classmates positions as we discuss the issues and express a willingness to be open to an opposing viewpoint. Strive to be fair-minded in evaluating all points of view. 3. Be courteous . The expectation is that you come to lecture to learn and participate in class discussions. All other forms of “talking” should be reserved for before or after class. Thus, please turn off your cell phones (no text messaging either). If you use your laptop during class to take notes (which I think is great), please do not use this time to chat online or browse the internet. If you do not want to pay attention, you do not need to come. However, there is a strong correlation between attendance and final grade. Many of my exam questions will come directly from lecture. 4.
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POSC 182 Syllabus - Summer 09 - Politics and Economic...

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