What really happens when policy makers face thorny issues?

Poverty. Housing crises. Health inequities. Climate change.

Public policy is a primary mechanism for addressing the most urgent and vexing problems of our time. But policies do not appear out of thin air. They are the product of complex political processes. And, even after policies are enacted, political decisions determine how they are implemented and to what end.

To understand policy, we must confront politics. Jamila Michener, associate professor of government and public policy at Cornell, will teach us about the politics of policymaking.

We'll explore key policy actors (the president, interest groups, ordinary people) and study specific policy issues such as healthcare and housing. Along the way, we'll grapple with the paradoxes of policymaking and the possibilities for change.

This short course runs Monday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., and Wednesday, July 20, from 9:00–11:30 a.m. Participants must combine this short course with the Art course.