The Mayor, the Media and the Politics of Policy in New York City
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NURP 5020
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores the interplay of policy, power and influence between the mayor and his agencies, the City Council, the state and federal government, the news and opinion media, organized labor, nonprofit and community-based organizations and the private sector. During this first spring of the new deBlasio administration, we will look at policy debates through the lenses of City Hall, NYC neighborhoods and the media. Who holds power, and how is it wielded? How do unforeseen or unplanned factors shape policies and programs? How do the media influence government, and vice versa? When do nonprofits, businesses, neighborhoods and their residents have influence—and when do they not? We will explore the larger context in which policies are formulated and carried out, and learn about the challenges facing the city in education, community development, housing, child welfare and many other areas.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.