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

Spring 2009

GOV 384M • Policy Process

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38523 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BAT 5.102
Bryan Jones

Course Description

This course is broadly concerned with political science research about policy processes. It will involve an exploration of the major theories of policy change, and will examine important empirical contributions to the field. The course will examine the micro-foundations of policy dynamics (models of decision-making), and explore policy agendas, the formation of public policies, and factors influencing agenda and policy change over time. It will emphasize process approaches of policy change rather than substantive issues (although we will find it impossible to study processes in a substantive vacuum). While the course will focus primarily on the American politics literature, we will also examine policy processes in comparative perspective. The course will include working with the Policy Agendas datasets, now located at the University of Texas (, and an introduction to the comparative policy agendas projects, now underway in nine European countries.

Please note: The course time has changed from the original listing. Course will meet on Thursday from 330-630pm.


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