Fall quarter, 2001, 4 quarter hours
How do we make sense of proposals to transform public services into profit-making enterprises? How do we evaluate recent initiatives to allow for-profit charter schools and to privatize Social Security? Where is "the public interest" in these debates? Why do unions tend to oppose privatization and corporations tend to support it? This class will look critically at privatization in national, state, and global contexts. We’ll look at literature from advocates and opponents and look at the interest groups that support and oppose privatization. Students will do case study projects on current privatization proposals and will learn from each others’ research and experiences. Credit will be awarded in labor studies or political economy.
|Date||Activities||Reading (completed)||What's due?|
|Week One: September 25||Introductions, program overview, Workshop: defining privatization||Wall Street Journal pull-out section, in class|
|Workshop: Think tanks and privatization||Savas to page 63||Short paper on Savas: How does he define privatization? Outline his basic argument for it.|
|Seminar on Chomsky
Library workshop: government documents
|Chomsky, entire||Short paper on Chomsky:
What are his claims about globalization? How do you connect this with privatization?
Topic for project
|Workshop: evaluating an
Computer Center: sources on privatization
|Savas to page 145||No paper due!|
|Week Five: October 23||Seminar on Savas
|Savas to end||Paper: what are the strengths and weaknesses of Savas’ ideas?|
|Workshop: Wages, costs
of living, comparison, measurement.
Seminar on Sclar
|Sclar||Paper on Sclar: write a "debate" between him and Savas|
|Week Seven: November 7
|Guest speaker on privatization
Seminar on Dolbeare
|Dolbeare||Paper on Dolbeare: what Washington traditions offer alternatives?|
|Week Eight: November 13||Seminar on
Kirshner and Washington traditions
Lecture; Cooperative traditions in Washington state and the 1930s depression.
|Kirshner||Project draft due|
|November 20||Thanksgiving Holiday — No class||Esman (start)|
|Project presentations, seminar on Esman||Esman (finish)||Esman: identify his thesis and discuss its relationship to one current issue.|
|Week Ten: December 4||Project presentations||Projects due|
|Evaluation Week||Student/faculty evaluations by appointment||Draft self and faculty evaluations|
Possible project topics may include: