Political Science | Public Choice and Public Policy (3 Cr.)
Y665 | 3404 | Gibson


This seminar provides a broad overview of the public choice approach to
public policy.  For the purposes of this course, both public choice and
public policy will be interpreted rather widely: Public choice refers to
nonmarket decision making by rational individual actors; public policy
refers to individual and government choices over resource allocation.  In
essence, a public choice view of public policy applies a rational actor
assumption of individual behavior to decisions related to governments and
governing.  This view puts the study of collective action at the center of
public policy, i.e. how do individuals make collective decisions?  The
topics covered by this course and the public choice field are thus quite
diverse, but linked by some common assumptions, methods, and fundamental
concerns.  Students in the course will be required to write three analytical
memoranda covering a particular week's readings, prepare a teaching plan for
one week's materials, and take three exams.