course

Introduction to the study of how states make and carry out policy pertaining to the 'external' world. Theories of decision-making and its antecedents, of agenda structuring, and of interactions among policy makers. Approaches include rational choice analysis; cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; and organizational behavior. This course is both a survey of the FPA subfield and an introduction to how to reason, in written form, about FPA-related questions specifically and political science questions more generally.