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Tools CRS SYL 12 - Dr Lester M Salamon Robert Knisely...

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Dr. Lester M. Salamon/ Robert Knisely Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies Spring 2012 Policy Studies 195-608 THE NEW GOVERNANCE AND THE TOOLS OF PUBLIC ACTION COURSE SYLLABUS PURPOSE Government has been under assault for more than two decades in the United States and elsewhere in the world. In fact, however, much of the critique has been based on a flawed understanding of the way government operates. Behind the monolithic images of government bureaucrats delivering services lies a bewildering array of tools or instruments for addressing public problems. Indeed, a massive revolution has taken place in the forms of public action, but this revolution has yet to be fully registered in our political rhetoric or in the training of policy professionals. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental feature of this revolution—i.e. the proliferation of new tools of public action and the “new governance” that is needed to manage them effectively as a consequence. To do so, it will examine the central characteristics, basic operating features, and significant consequences of some of these major tools. Such knowledge is crucial to both the design and the implementation of public action and to an understanding of the increasingly collaborative nature of modern public problem-solving. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Four types of activities will form the core of the course requirements: (1) Class Participation (20 percent) : This course will use a seminar format. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the required readings and to participate actively in class discussions and exercises. As part of their class participation, students will also be asked to participate in a briefing on the “tool” of public action they will have chosen as the focus of the “briefing book” that forms part of the course requirements. Details on the Briefing Book are provided below and in an accompanying set of Briefing Book Instructions. Finally, students will be asked to prepare short 2-4 page background memos and oral briefings (4-5 minutes) in connection with “practicum” sessions scheduled periodically throughout the semester. (2) News Commentaries (15 percent) : Each student will also be expected to prepare a series of five 2-3 page analyses of current news articles that feature particular tools of public action. The analyses are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to bring the “tools perspective” to bear on current issues of policy that, either explicitly or implicitly, feature tool issues. The articles will be distributed by the Instructor 5-6 days prior to their due dates to discourage in-depth research on the programs covered. Students are asked to identify characteristic features or problems of the tool in question illustrated by the articles. (From time to time the instructor may circulate other “Tools in the News” articles to students as illustrations of the timeliness of the
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