11.007 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

Resolving Public Disputes


I. What Do We Fight About?
1 Introduction

2 Public vs. Private Problems

3 Policy Goals: Equity, Efficiency (Welfare)

4 Policy Goals: Security, Liberty (Homeland Security)

5 Globalization Essay 1 due
6 Globalization (cont.)

II. Problems and Solutions
7 Ideas and Power in the Policy Process

8 Defining Problems: Symbols, Numbers and Causes

9 Attaching Solutions to Problems: Policy Entrepreneurs and Tipping Points

10 Defining Problems: Interests, Experts, and the Media (Health Care)

11 Devising Solutions: Rules, Facts, Rights, Power, Inducements

12 Social Security Essay 2 due
13 Social Security (cont.)

III. The Conventional Approach To Resolving Disputes
14 Resolving Disputes in Congress (Taxes)

15 Resolving Disputes in Agencies (Endangered Species)

16 Resolving Disputes in Agencies (cont.)

17 Resolving Disputes in Courts (School Desegregation)

18 Resolving Local Disputes (Hazardous Waste)

19 Peer Editing, Essay 3

20 Adversarial Decision-making Processes Essay 3 due
IV. Alternative Approach To Resolving Public Disputes
21 Direct Democracy: Ballot Initiatives

22 Resolving Disputes Through Deliberation

23 Negotiated Rulemaking

24 Collaboration / Consensus-Building (Wetlands)

25 Peer Editing Essay 4

26 Collaborative Processes Essay 4 due

Course Info

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Spring 2005
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