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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer II
  • Restrictions: USI applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
POLS 465/PA 565: Comparative Public Policy: Netherlands
Summer 2018
May 18-29
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to cross-national policy research and to the fascinating and challenging issues of comparative research. Our case study for this course is the Netherlands.  Amsterdam and the Netherlands take a progressive and innovative approach to solving social problems such as housing, drug laws, transportation, architecture, urban planning and design, prostitution, and crime.  Amsterdam, often known as the “Venice of the North” and referred to by some scholars as an “ideal” city, along with the Netherlands, is a laboratory of innovation that provides a model for the United States and rest of the world.
The goal of this program goal is to expose students to public policy, particularly urban policy and planning, from a comparative perspective. This course will examine the Dutch solutions to policy and planning through a sociological, economic, political, historical, and policy perspective. Comparative policy studies allow countries to learn from each other’s successes and failures and to better understand how cultural factors influence policy adoption and implementation.  

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Matthew J. Hanka at 812-461-5204 or 

This program is currently not accepting applications.