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263.5 sec. 001 - Law and Policy in the Administrative State (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Peter Schuck  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 2

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 123
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32013

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This seminar is designed to give students a sophisticated understanding of the relationships among law, policymaking, and real-world outcomes in a variety of federal programs, and will include some case studies on specific policies, probably including immigration, affirmative action, poverty, and campaign finance. After a brief review of the administrative process, we will discuss how policy effectiveness is measured; the legal and social cultures that shape law and policy; the roles of information, incentives, and politics; the limits of courts and the law; regulation and its discontents; the structural ingredients of sound law and policy; the challenges of policy implementation; how markets undermine coherent policymaking; the nature of the federal bureaucracy; and reform options. Because it will introduce and elaborate on key concepts in administrative law, it is appropriate both for students who have taken the basic administrative law course and those who have not. Diverse assigned readings will prepare students for weekly discussions, perhaps including occasional outside speakers. Each student must write a 15-20 page paper that will meet the requirement of Option 1.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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  • Why Government Fails so Often, and How It Can Do Better
    Peter Schuck
    Edition: Paper, 2014
    Publisher: Princeton
    ISBN: 9780691168531
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $22.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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