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POLS 470: Healthy Cities: The Political Economy of Urban Policymaking

Term: Maymester

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F11

This course introduces students to the political and economic forces that shape urban economic redevelopment and health care policy through a three-week summer study abroad experience in London, England, and Glasgow, Scotland. London and Glasgow offer instructive comparative case studies for understanding how political context and economic relationships generate variations in local urban governance and policy. London, a center of global finance, has increasingly adopted, along with England in general, a more market-based approach to urban social problems. Glasgow, on the other hand, is at the center of the Scottish independence movement and has been slower to discard Keynesian policies in order to maintain a more robust role for the state within fiscal and health care policy. Both of these sites provide multiple opportunities to learn about the diverse strategies cities use to implement policies that are often constrained by economic and political processes operating at other scales.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Economics United States Politics Introduction to Urban Studies, or permission of the instructor