POLI 352A Comparative Politics of Public Policy
Public policy can be broadly defined as what governments do to attend to societal problems and needs. Situated at the intersection of public policy analysis and comparative politics, this course examines the fundamental question of why do different nations respond to similar societal issues with very different policy strategies. The United States and Canada have chosen substantially different policies in public and private health provision. Why? We will explore the reasons behind this and several other cross-national policy puzzles.This course will provide the student with a set of theoretical and analytical tools to understand and analyze government decision-making processes in different national jurisdictions.