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

Fall 2005

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37560 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.306

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. 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 Americas role in creating and now increasingly responding to the pressures created 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?

Grading Policy

Grades will be drawn from three in-class exams: Midterm 1 30% Midterm 2 30% Final 40%


Douglas Irwin.  2005.  Free Trade Under Fire, 2d. ed.  Princeton University Press. Joseph Stiglitz.  2002.  Globalization and Its Discontents.  New York:  Norton. Thomas L. Friedman.  2005.  The World Is Flat:  A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.  New York:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.


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