Kathleen Doherty

Visiting Professor

Kathleen Doherty

Kathleen Doherty, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.

Her research focuses on bureaucratic delegation, the development of bureaucratic expertise, and political oversight of agency action. She studies the acquisition of bureaucratic expertise in an environment of policy complexity and institutional constraints. Other research addresses congressional and presidential strategies to control agency decision-making and the effect of these strategies on policy. She also examines judicial oversight of executive agencies with particular interest in the efficacy of court enforcement of legislative mandates.

She received her Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia.

This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.

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This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.

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