Public Policy in Modern America

MPP 650

(3 units)

This history course of public policy in recent America will place contemporary policy issues within a 40-year perspective, tracing the development and transformation of key domestic and foreign policies. The evolution and impact of the Great Society, the destruction of the New Deal coalition, and the impact of the "Reagan Revolution" will be covered. The focus will include historical precedents and analogies in decision making, policy debates, and agendas as well as current and pressing policy concerns including the possible uses and abuses of historical knowledge in policy making.