POLS 460 - Public Policy Process

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Public policy is broadly defined as an “intentional course of action followed by a government institution or official for resolving an issue of public concern” (Cochran et al. 2009). The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the public policy process in the United States, including how problems make it to the government’s agenda, the actors and institutions involved in policymaking, and the ways in which policies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. This course highlights major policy issues in the United States with an eye towards identifying causes of these issues and examining possible policy solutions. In addition, we will explore foundational strategies of policy analysis and learn how to critically evaluate the merits of various policy alternatives.

This course can be applied toward:


POLS 101 (American Government and Politics); junior standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 6th Ed.
    Kraft, Michael E. and Furlong, Scott R.
    ISBN: 978-1506358154


Morgann Means


Morgann Means is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Morgann’s research interests focus on municipal sustainability with a particular emphasis on explaining why there is variance in how sustainability is defined among U.S. cities. Her research also explores the role of citizen participation, as well as the impact of natural and industrial disasters, on sustainability policy at the local level.

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