Foundations of Public Policy

Winter 2017 quarter

Taught by

Photo of Laurance Geri
public administration
  • MPA

“Public Policy” is the sexy alter ego of public administration. The study of policymaking tantalizes us. It suggests that if we can unlock the secrets to how and when big policy decisions are made, and have an impact on those decisions, we can also benefit groups and causes we care about. The reality is more nuanced. The models describing the policy process don’t provide any magic buttons to push, but they do provide a variety of helpful frames for making sense of a complex reality. And despite the advent of “fact-free” campaigning, the study of policy analysis and mastery of policy analysis skills remain critical to effective governance.

Program Details


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tues 6-10p

Online Learning

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