This core course will be co-taught in Fall 2012. The first 8-weeks will be taught by Josh Hjartarson, Vice-President, Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and the final 4-weeks by Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and a former Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations and Democratic Renewal for Ontario, respectively.
It focuses on how political, social and economic forces play out in the making of public policy in a set of critical issues facing Canadians. Together the two sections will provide a solid base for students’ more detailed study of policy and governance in future courses. Here the concern will be with the conceptual framework of institutions, values, ideas, power, and discourse within which policy is formulated and political actors interact with each other.