Course Description

470.652 - Primaries, Caucuses, Conventions and the General Election

Valuable lessons can be learned about governing from the experience of other countries as, for example, from the radical changes in the former Soviet bloc, the evolution of less developed countries, and the extraordinary experiments in government in China, India, and Russia. This course deals with the crucial problems of public management, including economic development, social services delivery, public regulation, and performance of governments themselves. Students compare U.S. practices with those in other countries, and discuss the practical problems of delivering public services in environments far more difficult than in the U.S. Students examine new approaches to government efficiency, shifts of roles to the private sector, intergovernmental devolution, and management innovation as they are tested in governments around the world.