PUBAFRS 5610 Innovation, Policy, and the Global Economy

Course Description

“There is now a vast collection of global and regional institutions, non-governmental organizations, ad hoc groups and advocacy networks engaged in activities to advance policy goals across a broadening range of public issues….” This statement opens the textbook for this class, setting the boundaries by which this class will explore frameworks and theories of public administration, governance, and policy for science and engineering at the international level. The objective is to learn about the international organizations and bureaucracies that, over the past three decades, have transformed the landscape for science, engineering, and innovation. Intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and treaties such as the Paris Agreement or the Kyoto Protocol, significantly affect national policy and direction in science, engineering, and innovation. Again, from the textbook: “The global governance arena presents a unique opportunity to contemplate how the nature and practice of administration is transformed in a context where the role of the state is changed and where the lack of a formal government means global public professionals are not directly accountable to elected officials and citizens….” Many U.S. government agencies are constrained by intergovernmental policy; in some cases, these policies act as obstacles to innovation, trade or development. This course will critique existing theories of governance and public administration through the lens of science and engineering at the global level and discuss future direction.

Learning Objectives

Through this course, you will:

  • Learn and understand the landscape of global and regional institutions, non-governmental organizations, ad hoc groups and advocacy networks, and how they influence the direction of national public policy for science, engineering, and innovation
  • Connect theories of administration, governance, and development to the organizations operating at the global level; critique the usefulness of existing theories as they are applied at the global level
  • Gain insight into the role of the “global public professional” in public affairs
  • Get excited about playing a role in global governance activities
  • Identify sources of information that may assist you in your professional careers in the public and nonprofit sectors in scientific, health, or engineering fields