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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38630 MW
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
MEZ 1.306
MCDONALD

Course Description

The United States has received numerous benefits from globalization over the past fifty years. Liberal trade and investment policies have allowed it to achieve long periods of sustained economic growth, rebuild allies and important trading partners after war, peacefully defeat the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and play a powerful role in such organizations as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund. Despite these gains, resistance to globalization remains a constant theme in contemporary American political discussions. This paradox will guide our examination of America's role in creating and now increasingly responding to the pressures generated by competitive international markets. How is economic policy made in the United States? How do the distributional consequences of globalization shape policy decisions made by our government?

Fulfills half of the legislative requirement for government (three of six credit hours).

Texts

Dr. McDonald will indicate which textbooks and resources are required for the course.

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