Strategies of Contemporary Governance

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Semester: 
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Section: 
1
Number: 
284
CCN: 
33154
Times: 
Tu 2-4pm
Location: 
REMOTE
Course Description: 

This course explores governing strategies for addressing public issues across a range of policy sectors —from child protection to climate change adaptation.  The focus will be on how state institutions (executives, parliaments, public agencies, and courts) interact with civil society (interest groups, non-profit organizations, social movements, citizens, communities, etc.) at the “coalface” of governing. Drawing on cases from regulation, crisis management, social welfare, and public health, the course will investigate the institutional modalities of the state-society interaction. Topics examined might include: How do different institutional modalities shape the ability to address complex public problems?  What implications do they have for democratic representation and  interest intermediation? Do “decentered” forms of public-private cooperation reflect a trend toward “neoliberalism”?  etc.   The course will be comparative in nature and will seek to understand how different democratic and administrative traditions and policy styles shape governance at the coalface.   The course will cover both developed and developing country contexts.

Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users