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Washington, DC American Democratic Capitalism July 23 – August 5, 2017

Application Deadline
Monday, February 6, 2017
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Part of our 7-week Political Studies Program. Apply for this course or our full summer program. $1,000 stipend, plus course materials and housing.

This intensive two-week seminar is run in conjunction with National Affairs magazine. It aims to educate undergraduate students and recent graduates about the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates. Students will also learn from and interact with distinguished experts in various arenas of public policy.

The program will consist of two sessions per day over a two-week period. Each morning, students will participate in a seminar led by National Affairs editor Yuval Levin on the philosophical underpinnings of key issues in American public life.

Each afternoon, they will participate in a seminar led by a leading think-tank or academic expert on that individual’s area of expertise and will consider how the practice of policy-making relates to the principles underlying our constitutional system and our political life.

Among the topics to be covered are:

Entitlement reform

Health care

Welfare

Tax policy

Education

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the key domestic challenges confronting our country, of just what policymakers do, of how economics and politics interact, and of how to approach some of our most contentious national debates.

Time and Location
This two-week course will take place in Washington, DC. It is a full-time commitment for Monday–Friday, with required sessions in the morning, afternoon, and some evenings.

Syllabus

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Recommended Reading: National Affairs is a quarterly journal of essays about domestic policy, political economy, society, culture, and political thought.


Session 1 (Morning): Introduction                                          

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Session 1 (Afternoon): Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute, on Public Policy as a Profession


Session 2 (Morning): Aristotle and Locke on Economics       

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Session 2 (Afternoon): Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute, on Public-Sector Unions

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Session 3 (Morning): Adam Smith on Life in a Free Society  

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Session 3 (Afternoon): Scott Winship, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, on Measurement and Policy

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Session 4 (Morning): The Progressives and the Welfare State

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Session 4 (Afternoon): Scott Winship, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, on Inequality and the Middle Class

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Session 5 (Morning): Responses to the Welfare State         

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Session 5 (Afternoon): James C. Capretta, AEI, on Budgets and Fiscal Policy

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Session 6 (Morning): How Government Works, Why Government Fails             

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Session 6 (Afternoon): Reihan Salam, National Review, on Journalism, Politics, and Policy


Session 7 (Morning): Health Care and Entitlements                       

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Session 7 (Afternoon): Aaron Nielson, BYU Law, on Regulation

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Session 8 (Morning): Tax Policy

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Session 8 (Afternoon): Aaron Nielson, BYU Law, on Regulation

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Session 9 (Morning): Higher Education and Liberal Education

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Session 9 (Afternoon): Michael McShane, AEI, on K-12 Education

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Session 10 (Morning): Michael McShane, AEI, on Choice in Education       

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Session 10 (Afternoon): Welfare and Economic Mobility – and Concluding Discussion    

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