Friday, 30 May 2008

Policy can be fun

My review copy of Munger’s policy book finally arrived today; good thing I’d already decided to adopt it sight-unseen for the fall—I’d already used a book from the same series before, Stewart’s Analyzing Congress, and liked but hadn’t had an opportunity to really use Morton’s Analyzing Elections, so I figured the series editor knew what he or she was doing.

I’m still not convinced I’m the best person to be teaching this course—my back-of-the-envelope math suggests that there are sufficient PA folks in the department to have avoided assigning the graduate public policy course to the rookie non-PA person on the bench—but I think I can approach it from a reasonably political-science heavy direction. We’ll see if that survives contact with the students, but I think it will be fun.


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Dude! Sorry for the delay.

Glad you are using it, tho!



Dear Chris,
One of my fields is PA and teach graduate classes at Bama from time to time. My experience is that political scientists teach policy well because we have both qualitative and quantitative examples that help illustrate policy. Sometimes my PA friends are too micro policy oriented and I like to do both micro (details) and macro (examples) which I think help the students!
Good luck!


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