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Ethics and Public Policy (Pardee Rand Graduate School)

This course at the Pardee Rand Graduate School investigates the meaning of ethics and morals and how ethics impact public policy. The course also looks at professional codes of ethics and their enforcement while discussing and defining conflict of interest and what should be done to avoid them. Corruption is another topic of interest and the course looks at an analyst's responsibility regarding corruption and impropriety.

This course at the Pardee Rand Graduate School investigates the meaning of ethics and morals and how ethics impact public policy. The course also looks at professional codes of ethics and their enforcement while discussing and defining conflict of interest and what should be done to avoid them. Corruption is another topic of interest and the course looks at an analyst's responsibility regarding corruption and impropriety. Ethics are also contextually defined, meaning they are different for different societies, and understanding how this context affects practice in a country or culture where corruption is rampant is very important. Whistle blowing is also complex phenomenon. How can aspirational principles be incorporated in policy analysis without violating ethical codes? Case studies of ethical dimensions of forecasting for public policy will be used, such as the American Congress’ practice of "earmarking"; case studies of American contractors working abroad and the expectations of local governments regarding bribery are a further topic of interest.

Martin Wachs is a senior principal researcher at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He formerly served as director of the RAND Transportation, Space, and Technology Program. Prior to joining RAND in 2005, he was professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where was also director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at UCLA, where he served three terms as chairman of the Department of Urban Planning.

For more information on the course, please see the following link: http://www.prgs.edu/degree-program/courses.html

For more information on the Pardee Rand Graduate School, please see the following link: http://www.prgs.edu


14 Nov 2013



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