While in Washington during the January term, you may pursue the following courses: Tax Policy & Politics or Public Management of Technology Development. These seminars meets intensively each day during the first two weeks of January.
Tax Policy & Politics
PAI 730 Section M001
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” The price of civilized society depends not only on the amount of revenue raised, but on the way it is done. How progressive should the tax system be? Should the tax system reward good behavior and punish bad? Should it provide subsidies to achieve social objectives, such as decent childcare, affordable housing, or access to health care? How should married couples and families be taxed? Should death be a taxable event? Should we tax the amount people earn or the amount people spend? How much complexity can people tolerate in furtherance of social or other tax policy objectives? How should the tax burden be distributed among generations? The objectives of this course are: (1) to understand how the tax system got the way it is today; (2) to understand the major tax policy issues that drive the current political debate; and, (3) to understand the implications of alternative tax policy choices for the future.
Professor Leonard Burman (bio) instructs this course.
Public Management of Technology Development
PAI 700 Section M001
This course provides a survey of major public policy
influences on the formulation and implementation of commercial technology and
primary public influence of commercially developed technology and innovation is
regulatory in nature, but also pertains to public financed contracts and grants
managed by public agencies to support technology developments for application
to public programs and services. Government policy and statutory
requirements can create the need for technology solutions or impede the
development of others. Similarly, the public sector can actively affect
market opportunities through the promotion of specific policies and government
sponsored programs, as well as the elimination of others.
development offers public and private organizations new avenues to explore
productivity enhancement and improved service delivery or increased
profitability and market expansion which, in turn, leads to the imperative for
innovation change. Successful technology strategies are closely linked to
business strategies which match the organization’s existing capabilities or
offer a road map to a new service or product developments. To the extent
there is an application or impact to public objectives, public policy and
public management practices can either facilitate or deter market incentives to
achieve the objectives.
public sector is frequently both the consumer and regulator of technology
advances. For aspiring public managers, this course will examine the
active and passive government influences, which can and have been exerted over
technology and innovation management. For aspiring business managers and
technical professionals in engineering or information systems, this course will
provide a perspective of the applications of public policy and public
management practices and will offer constructive avenues on how government
actions on behalf of the public may be anticipated.
Professor Sean O'Keefe (bio) teaches this course.