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Matthew C. Nowlin

Assistant professor of political science at the College of Charleston

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Public Policy

Taught: Each Fall 2013–2018; Spring 2014


Course Description: (From the CofC course catalog) This course seeks to develop a firm understanding of the public policy–making process in the United States. Students study policy making through various perspectives on implementation. The roles of major institutions including the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, the bureaucracy and interest groups in this process are addressed. Includes various perspectives and interpretations of policymaking, including incrementalism, rationalism, pluralism and elitism. Selected areas of public policy, including transportation, poverty, energy and the environment are used to illustrate both the process and the different perspectives.


Syllabus (most recent):   pdf