Course Number: 90-842
Public Policy Implementation
Presidents, governors, legislators, elected officials, and judges have issued
orders, passed laws, approved policies, and set goals for hundreds of years. But
approving or legislating the most enlightened public policy or program does not
guarantee that it will be implemented in an effective way -- or even in the way intended
by the policy maker. Rarely are the people who make public policy decisions the ones
who implement those decisions.
In a democratic government, saying it is does not make it so!
This course is designed to study, review, and analyze policy
implementation in the public sector. This is a look at government bureaucracy!
In a democratic society, how does one effectively get from the declaration
of a policy to its implementation, particularly when implementation has been such a low
priority for our elected officials?
Implementation involves the complex interactions of many elements:
translating ideas into workable programs; making decisions for both program design and
operation; communicating with both constituencies and affected decision-makers;
overcoming the resistance of bureaucrats; and assessing and evaluating the results.
Examples of programs and policies will be used throughout the course.
Each student, as a member of a team, will develop an implementation plan for a selected
policy or program. The course will also involve lots of reading that highlight
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