11.002J / 17.30J
Making Public Policy

Examines how the struggle among competing advocates shapes the outputs of government. Considers how conditions become problems for government to solve, why some political arguments are more persuasive than others, why some policy tools are preferred over others, and whether policies achieve their goals. Investigates the interactions among elected officials, activists, interest groups, the media, and the public in controversies over urban development, gun control, climate change, criminal justice reform, and other issues.