Spring 2005
Fully Enrolled

Economic Policy in the United States

Eisner,Marc A.

01/24/2005 - 05/02/2005
Monday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

We will chart the changes in the U.S. economic policy and state-economy relations over the course of the past century, providing a broad overview of fiscal, monetary, regulatory and trade policies. In the last section of the course, a special emphasis will be placed on economic globalization. We will explore a number of questions, including: How does the contemporary wave of corporate restructuring and the emergence of global production affect the income and job security of workers in the United States? How can one reconcile the heightened insecurity faced by workers with recent welfare reform efforts and the lack of a coherent fiscal policy? How does global production in a free trade regime affect environmental quality and the efficacy of existing environmental regulations? Can we adjust existing policies and institutions to better manage the tensions inherent in the contemporary political economy?

Readings will be drawn from major texts in the field.

Students will be required to write several short analytical essays.

Marc Eisner (B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. Marquette University; M.B.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is professor of government and Henry Merritt Wriston chair in public policy. He is author of six books, including Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Governance (Lynne Rienner, 2007), and is past president of the New England Political Science Association. Click here for more information about Marc Eisner.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Marc Eisner, FROM WARFARE STATE TO WELFARE STATE (Pennsylvania State University Press), Paperback

John Micklethwait, A FUTURE PERFECT (Random House), Paperback

Peter Peterson, RUNNING ON EMPTY (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), Paperback

John Stiqlitz , GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS (W.W. Norton), Paperback


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