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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2006

AMS 391 • Policy Development

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30080 M
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 3.109

Course Description

There could be no better moment than this to examine the dimensions of presidential power. As of autumn 2006, a second-term president faces a critical midterm election in an atmosphere of domestic and international tension. Abroad, the cacophony of Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Korea, etc., shadowed by the War on Terrorism, siphons attention away from internal issues. But problems at home are compelling: immigration, controversy over the limits of executive authority; privacy issues; ethics; and a host of other social, political and economic variables. This seminar's task is to set current presidential policy options within the context of seventy-four years of White House initiatives, both successful and thwarted. The record of presidential administrations since 1932 provides ample evidence of policy efforts, policy dilemmas, and policy outcomes. Data from domestic and foreign agendas will be examined and evaluated. The course will conclude with an assessment of emerging policy directions in a country seeking security and prosperity in a turbulent, globalized world.

Grading Policy

One-third of the final grade will be determined by the Analytical Paper; another third by the Mid-Term Examination and the Final Exercise; the remaining third by class participation, Class Exercises, Reports, special assignments, etc.


(Available at Co-Op East, 2902 Medical Arts St.) Birkland, Thomas A., An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making (Second Edition, 2005) Greenstein, Fred I., The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style From FDR to George W. Bush (Second Edition, 2004) Farnsworth, Stephen J. and S. Robert Lichter, The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance (2005) Nelson, Michael, ed., The Presidency and the Political System (Eighth Edition, 2005) Thurber, James A., ed., Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations (Third Edition, 2005)


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