The purpose of this class is to familiarize you with national politics and policy making. It particularly focuses on how decisions made in Washington both affect business and are affected by business political activity. Most of the class sessions will take place in Washington DC in coordination with the Washington Campus Program (see below). In addition to both attending and participating in the WC and Haas organized classes, students are responsible for completing all assigned readings and preparing a group project that develops a political strategy for a company or industry.
Sample agenda from 2017
Washington Campus Program:
During the week, you will hear from policy insiders, ranging from current and former legislators and regulators to government relations and public affairs executives. In addition, you will visit institutions such as the US Congress or Executive branch agencies, and engage in a real-world case study of the interaction between business, politics, and policy. You will learn: the foundations of legislative and regulatory processes; who holds power and what influences decision making; how public policy is influenced by business, media, advocacy groups, lobbyists, and you; the status of important issues of interest to business; how business represents its interests ethically in the political arena; how to assess public policy threats and opportunities; and how to create effective business strategies to impact policy change.
You can learn more about The Washington Campus on their website.
Students are expected to be in Washington DC from January 5-10, 2020. In addition to the seminar, Haas students will have additional class sessions led by Professor David Vogel.