Peter Carlino is an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
He is a policy and budget analyst that has worked in the federal and New York City government in the areas of transportation, environment and criminal justice. His interests in policymaking center on the effect of government-agency autonomy on policy outcomes, including equity. Peter’s experience includes formulating and executing the Department of Justice’s General Administration budget, leveraging geospatial data sets to generate policy frameworks and recommendations at the New York City Department of Transportation, and most recently detailing to the Environmental Protection Agency as a Congressional liaison largely regarding implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Peter has also lectured American Politics, Congress, Urban Politics, and Public Policy at CUNY John Jay College and CUNY Baruch College.
Peter Carlino holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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 policy analysis framework and political perspective to the issues under discussion.