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

Spring 2010

GOV 388L • Policy Making in a Global Age

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39070 T
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 3.355
Gholz, C

Course Description

Policy-Making in a Global Age answers the question, "How is policy-making changing as globalization progresses, bringing new technologies, groups, and tools into the mix?" Students will compare the policy-making process in different issue areas, at different times, and in different countries to learn about the institutional, organizational, and political challenges of policy-making. Contemporary policy-makers potentially have access to more information and more channels for communicating, cooperating, and coercing across borders, but those features also make decision-making more complex. Meanwhile, more actors of more types buffet policy-makers, perhaps constraining their ability to figure out their interests and to implement their decisions. And policy debates may also have become more partisan or ideological, inhibiting the ability to marshal political support and to build legitimacy for policy solutions. Substantively, the course integrates across the different types of global policy tools: diplomatic, economic, and military.

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