This course examines the institutions that play major roles in the federal public policy process, including the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the courts. Key stages of the policy-making process are analyzed, including agenda-setting, policy formulation, debate and deliberation, and implementation. Particular attention is paid to the external environment, including the political context that executives must operate in, outside factors (interest groups, the media), the motivations of key institutional players, and the aspects of the process where executives can effect change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions
Faculty: Dr. John Haskell
John Haskell is the Research Director for the Section 809 Panel, which is charged by Congress with recommending reforms to the Defense acquisition process. He is overseeing 10 research teams looking into different aspects of the process. Prior to taking that position in December of 2016, John headed the Government and Finance research division at the Congressional Research Service from 2013-2016. That division provides analysis for Congress on congressional process and operations, executive branch operations and management, tax policy, banking and finance, and emergency management policy. Before coming to CRS, he was senior fellow and curriculum director at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University from 2000-2013, leading efforts by the faculty to train executive branch officials on congressional process and politics. John also worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. John is an expert on congressional process and politics, having published three books, including Congress in Context (second edition, 2013). He currently teaches public policy for Claremont McKenna College and Georgetown University. He has also taught at Drake University, Davidson College, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in American Politics. John’s B.A. is in Political Science from Davidson College.