Fall 2008

SOCS 635
Problems and Prospects of Social Engineering

Eisner,Marc A.

09/08/2008 - 12/12/2008
Monday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

This is a course on public policy covering a host of substantive policy areas. The course begins with an examination of Progressivism and the initial efforts to use public policy to address key social problems. It then explores the introduction of economic management and the social welfare state in the New Deal, civil rights and environmental regulation in the 1960s and 1970s, and market-based reforms during the post-Reagan era (with particular attention paid to welfare reform, educational vouchers, and social security privatization). We explore a number of issues along the way, including competing models of policy problems, the dynamics of the policy process, and the shifting balance between the state and the market.

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Course Syllabus

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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