Spring for 2017-2018
The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of how state and local governments work in the United States. It is designed for students interested in state and local management as a career and for those who feel they can benefit from knowledge of governance at state and local level. State governments have major independent roles in making public policy. They are also important partners of the federal government in the implementation of many policies. Accordingly, the first part of this course focuses on state governments by examining how formal governance structures and institutional processes influence and constrain policy choices and administrative decisions at the state level. The theme of the second part of the course is the study of the local governments and their functions. This part of the course covers the origins and development of local government, its constitutional and statutory foundations, and political and social contexts of counties and municipalities. Finally, the last part is devoted to the case studies and to qualitative and quantitative analyses of state and local governments in order to give students a framework to understand, interpret and predict policy outcomes at the lower levels of the government.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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