Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

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  • Course Roadmap
    • Professor Warburg and his UVa graduate teaching assistants outline the approach of the course and highlight upcoming topics and speakers.
  • Public Policy Challenges in the 21st Century
    • Professor Warburg outlines global public policy challenges the next generation will face, as classroom participants collaborate in defining the future agenda.
  • The Media and Changing Nature of Politics
    • Clinton White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers explains issue framing, coalition building and how modern media in shapes public policy options.
  • Healthcare Systems and Insurance Markets
    • Professor Eric Patashnik examines healthcare reforms, weighing costs, benefits and the efficacy of alternative approaches, including 'Obamacare.'
  • Federalism and the Power of State Governors
    • Professor Ray Scheppach examines the powerful role state governors play, examining how states serve as ‘laboratories’ for federal policy options in Washington.
  • US-China Relations
    • Professor Harry Harding details the complex, all-important relationship between the U.S. and China, outlining different scenarios for future competition and cooperation.
  • Congress and Politics
    • Congressman Gerry Connolly and former House Republican leader Tom Davis offer insights into how Congress meets public policy challenges.
  • War Powers
    • U.S. Senator Tim Kaine discusses how American citizens, in an age of drone strikes and asymmetrical warfare, decide to commit the nation to war.
  • Wrapping Up - Positive Change and Closing
    • Professor Warburg reviews key course themes, analytical skills and the importance of civic engagement with the public policy agenda ahead.