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American Public Policy on TV

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Thursdays 11:10AM-12:25PM 45777Full Term

What are the arguments on competing sides of policy debates? Who are the official and unofficial actors in government? We will use the hit television series The West Wing to illustrate some of the contemporary controversies over public policy. Watch as the Bartlett Administration engages and battles Congress, interest groups, religious leaders, and public opinion to craft effective and politically acceptable public policy. Among the issues we will see President Bartlett and his staff wrestle with are: hate crimes, the death penalty, school prayer, immigration, eliminating the penny from U.S. currency, and the shape of the world map.

Professor Information

David Houston


  • Arts and Sciences