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The Regulatory Process

Study of theories in economics, political science, and law to examine the structure, conduct, and performance of U.S. regulatory agencies. Emphasis on why decisions are delegated to agencies, the degree to which regulators behave strategically, and the impact of regulatory actions on society. Focus on political and economic roots of scientific and technological debates in regulatory policy. Required research paper on origins and effectiveness of a particular regulation. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in Public Policy.

Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy

Course will focus on the relationship between American public opinion and U.S. foreign policy. Central areas include: the American public and coherent attitudes about U.S. foreign policy; influence of American leaders and media in the formation of public opinion; how attitudes toward foreign policy issues influence American elections; and how public opinion influences American foreign policy behavior. One course / 3 units.

American Grand Strategy

Study of policy that nations adopt to marshal their political, economic, military, technological, and diplomatic resources to achieve their national goals in the international environment they face, drawing on political science, history, public policy, law and political economy and other disciplines to achieve these ends. Course examines the history, current reality, and future prospects of American grand strategy. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.

The Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy

Course examines history and contemporary political, economic, and legal aspects of industrial policy and its development in East Asia. Explores evolution of economic competition or business-state relations thought and practice in East Asia over the past century,  the recent rapid spread of innovative policies, as well as domestic and international conflicts and cooperation over competition policy. Students will write original research papers on a related topic of their own choosing.  

Politics of United States Foreign Policy

Focus on politics of U.S. foreign policy: which institutions and actors within the American political system play what roles and have how much influence in making U.S. foreign policy. Fundamental questions about nature and practice of democracy as manifested in politics and policy processes in making US foreign policy. Scope is both historical and contemporary. Approach combines theory and policy analysis. Complements Pub Pol 502S, Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy, which focuses more on foreign policy strategy. One course / 3 units.

Assisting Development

Examines evolution of international development theory and practice since early 1950s. Investigates how different solutions advanced to deal with poverty have fared. Different streams of academic and policy literature, including economics, political science, and sociology, are consulted with a view to understanding what could have been done in the past and what should be done at the present time. Examines alternative formulations weekly in seminar format.

Counterterrorism Law and Policy

This course explores the novel legal and policy issues resulting from the United States' response to 9/11 attacks and the threat posed by modern terrorist organizations. Topics include preventative/preventive war; detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspect terrorists; domestic surveillance; and government secrecy and public access to information. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in Public Policy.

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