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Foundations of Public Policy

This distinctive course exposes you to disciplinary tools and concepts that inform the policy process and provides opportunities to apply your learning to contemporary issues and problems facing California. Led by Peter Detwiler, former director of the Senate Local Government Committee, and a team of policy insiders, this course offers practical skills in policy analysis, policy memo-writing and public testimony. The course culminates in a simulation designed to prepare you for the rigors of legislative hearings. 

Sessions include:

  • Minding the Process and Content of Policy
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Paying for Public Services in a Voter-Constrained Environment
  • Using Research Effectively in the Policy Process
  • Collaborative Policy Making
  • Designing an Effective Proposal
  • A Mock Hearing
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"This program provided me with an additional and thorough perspective in relationships among law, politics and policy. I learned a great deal!"

Maureen Sullivan, policy counsel, Health Policy Associates

"I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a better understanding of public policy.  It's truly an excellent foundation for understanding the process."

Larry Womac, senior compliance representative, Franchise Tax Board

"Great combination of practice and theory. Wonderful, engaged instructors who know the topic and are good at sharing their enthusiasm."

2009 Public Policy program participant