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PPLE 358 American Exceptionalism?: Policy and Politics in Comparative Perspective (4)

This course examines a wide range of American public policies in cross-national and historical perspective. The course investigates the extent to which American politics and outcomes (e.g., health care, economic inequality, welfare state, taxation, gun violence, incarceration rates, hate speech laws, environmental regulations) diverge from those of other advanced industrial societies and assesses rival explanations, including institutional, cultural, and historical explanations. Finally, the course explores what American citizens and policy makers can learn from the experiences of other countries.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: One 200 level PPLE course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Ellis

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