WWS 482: Special Topics in Public Affairs : Business, Politics, and Public Policy



This class will examine how business reacts to as well as affects public policy. Readings will cover US politics as well as issues associated with international trade and the overseas expansion of companies. The objectives of the class include: identifying the issues, interests, and institutions that characterize the political environments of business, to develop a set of conceptual frameworks for analyzing those issues, interests, and institutions, and to explore differences in business-government relations across countries and political conditions. We will consider the perspectives of the businesses, policy makers, and the general public.