POEC 402(S) Political Economy of Public Policy Issues

The core of this course consists of analyses by student study groups of current issues of public policy. The student groups investigate the interacting political and economic aspects of an issue, do extensive reading, conduct interviews in Washington (during spring recess) with public and private officials, write a major report on their findings and recommendations, and defend it orally in a public session. Format: seminar with student presentations. Prerequisites: Economics 253 or 255; satisfaction of the Political Science U.S. institutions and policymaking course requirement (see list of major requirements above). Required in the major and open only to Political Economy majors.