Policy Formation and Policy Analysis

PADM-GP.2411, 3 points.

Semester: Spring, Fall


The purpose of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of the way in which public policy and political realities interact in American government at the national, state, and local levels: how political pressures limit policy choices, how policy choices in turn reshape politics, and how policymakers can function in the interplay of competing forces. The theme explored is how public officials balance concerns for substantive policy objectives, institutional politics and elective politics in order to achieve change. The nature of key legislative and executive institutional objectives and roles is examined. In addition, attention is given to the role of policy analysis and analysts in shaping policy decisions, seeking to identify their potential for positive impact and their limitations in the political process.

A second goal of the course is to sharpen students’ ability to think and write like professional policy analysts. Students will be asked to apply both a policy analysis framework and a political perspective to the issues under discussion



Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2012John GershmanSyllabus
Fall 2011Syllabus
Spring 2010Syllabus
Spring 2009Syllabus
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Fall 2008Syllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2014Neil KleimanEvaluation
Spring 2014Carrie NordlundEvaluation
Fall 2013Robert M. ShrumEvaluation
Spring 2013John GershmanEvaluation
Spring 2012Gershman, JohnEvaluation
Fall 2011Shrum, RobertEvaluation
Spring 2011Ehlke, DanielEvaluation
Fall 2010Shrum, RobertEvaluation
Spring 2010Shrum, RobertEvaluation
Spring 2010Ford, HaroldEvaluation
Fall 2008Brecher, CharlesEvaluation
Spring 2008Gershman, JohnEvaluation
Spring 2009Shrum, RobertEvaluation
Spring 2009Brecher, CharlesEvaluation
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Nordlund, Caroline M

Weekly Schedule:
Thu - 6:45 pm to 8:25 pm

Session Dates:
01/26/2015 to 05/11/2015

Bldg:25W4 Room:C-20