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Spring 2014 - Regulation and Public Policy

Sage, William M

Course ID: 479M  Unique # 29620  Credit Hours: 4
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 9:10 am - 10:17 am JON 6.207
   Tuesday 9:10 am - 10:17 am JON 6.207
   Thursday 9:10 am - 10:17 am JON 6.207
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.

The first-year law school curriculum emphasizes common law adjudication.  The modern legal landscape, however, is largely shaped by regulatory legislation at both the state and the federal level.  This course instills intellectual habits and teaches practical skills as it introduces students to law as public policy.  The course serves as a bridge and a complement to upper-level classes in specific regulatory areas, such as environmental law, health law, welfare law, telecommunications law, and energy law.  Students will begin by learning economic and non-economic justifications for regulation, and basic analytic tools for evaluating regulation.  In weekly sub-units, students will learn the principal methods of regulation:  self-regulation, command-and-control regulation, information disclosure, price controls, market incentives, private insurance regulation, social insurance, welfare benefits, and rationing.  Students will also examine costs and benefits from regulation, distributive consequences of regulation, political forces affecting regulatory design, and defects in the regulatory process.  The course illustrates these problems using a range of recent legislative and regulatory controversies, many involving American health policy and health care regulation.  Because graduates of leading law schools often work in or with government, the course also teaches students to write short analytic and persuasive briefing memoranda of the type commonly used in the real world of public policy.

Related Course Areas
Hidden Order - Friedman, David
  HarperBusiness, edition: 1st Pbk. Ed edition (July 18, 1997)
  ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0887308   (required)