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Graduate Students Interested in Politics? We have the class for you


Has the latest budget crisis piqued your interest in politics, lobbying and bi-partisan deal- making? If so, you should take this opportunity to learn from one of the best- Distinguished Professor of Political Science Barbara Kennelly ‘58, former Congresswoman (D-Conn) and Trinity Alum

INT 602 Interests groups, Lobbyists and Public Policy Course Description: Lobbyists and interest groups play an active and controversial role in the development and implementation of public policy. Utilizing case studies and the historical approach, this course is designed to explore the motivations, theories, structures and activities of these groups and they influence public policy. Additionally, this course offers students a comparative perspective which permits comprehension of the activities and impact of these organizations on public policy formation and evaluation on critical issues in domestic politics (i.e., the politics of health care, stimulus and the debt crisis) and in international security (i.e., Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, and foreign aid). Finally, this course closes with the introduction of methods/approaches to assist students in evaluating how members of congress and the president confront (or acquiesce to) the ever-expanding influence of lobbyists and interest groups on American public policy.   

This course will be offered in Term 2 on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. It can be used as an elective for Federal Programs Management, International Security Studies, Communication and more. Please check with your advisor for more details. Register now- there are only 15 seats available in this class to learn how it’s really done in Washington!

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