Fall 2010

Economic Policy in the United States

Eisner,Marc A.

09/13/2010 - 12/10/2010
Wednesday 05:30 PM - 08:00 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.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 17 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SOCS 626

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

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Readings will be distributed via Moodle and the Internet.

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