PPS 264.34 – HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC POLICY
This course explores the ways that history and historical thinking can be of assistance to public policy makers. Serving as a gateway course for students participating in a summer research project in South Africa as part of the Sanford Institute’s new Program for the Study of History, Public Policy, and Social Change, the course raises important methodological questions about how and why history matters in the work we do. To what extent can historical analysis improve predictions about the behaviors of social groups and nations and thereby serve to inform the choices that policy makers possess? How do narrative techniques and story-telling strategies shape the crafting and implementation of public policy in the past and present? To what extent are counterfactuals, when used with discipline and imagination, effective tools for conducting social science research and making public policy?
[Areas of Knowledge: CZ, SS]