11.007 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

Resolving Public Disputes

Lecture Notes

These lecture notes serve as brief summaries of each lecture, and offer questions to promote further discussion.

I. What Do We Fight About?
1 Introduction  
2 Public vs. Private Problems (PDF)
3 Policy Goals: Equity, Efficiency (Welfare) (PDF)
4 Policy Goals: Security, Liberty (Homeland Security) (PDF)
5 Globalization (PDF)
6 Globalization (cont.)  
II. Problems And Solutions
7 Ideas and Power in the Policy Process (PDF)
8 Defining Problems: Symbols, Numbers and Causes (PDF)
9 Attaching Solutions to Problems: Policy Entrepreneurs & Tipping Points (PDF)
10 Defining Problems: Interests, Experts, and the Media (Health Care) (PDF)
11 Devising Solutions: Rules, Facts, Rights, Power, Inducements (PDF)
12 Social Security (PDF)
13 Social Security (cont.)  
III. The Conventional Approach To Resolving Disputes

Resolving Disputes in Congress (Taxes)

15 Resolving Disputes in Agencies (Endangered Species) (PDF)
16 Resolving Disputes in Agencies (cont.) (PDF)
17 Resolving Disputes in Courts (School Desegregation) (PDF)
18 Resolving Local Disputes (Hazardous Waste) (PDF)
19 Peer Editing, Essay 3  
20 Adversarial Decision-making Processes  
IV. Alternative Approach To Resolving Public Disputes
21 Direct Democracy: Ballot Initiatives (PDF)
22 Resolving Disputes Through Deliberation (PDF)
23 Negotiated Rulemaking (PDF)
24 Collaboration / Consensus-Building (Wetlands) (PDF)
25 Peer Editing Essay 4  
26 Collaborative Processes  

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