ARRIVAL : Sunday, June 17
Arrival reception and dinner with William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard
WEEK I: Microeconomic Policy
Instructors: Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy Studies, AEI and Sita Slavov, AEI Resident Scholar
Morning Speaker: Ambassador John R. Bolton, AEI Senior Fellow
• Central versus decentralized decision making
• John McMillan, "Grassroots Efforts," Chpt. 12, Reinventing the Bazaar (New York: Norton, 2002), pp. 148-166
• Landsburg, "Telling Right from Wrong," The Armchair Economist, Chpt. 6, pp. 59-72
Lunch Speaker: Karl Rove, Karl Rove & Company
Afternoon Speaker: Michael Barone, AEI Resident Fellow
Wednesday, June 20 • Session 3: Inequality
Morning Speaker: Congressman Paul Ryan, U.S. House of Representatives
• Does inequality matter?
•Steven E. Landsburg, “The Theory of the Leisure Class,” Slate, March 9, 2007,
• Tax incidence
• Landsburg, “Why Taxes are Bad: The Logic of Efficiency,” Chapter 7, The Armchair Economist, pp. 73-87
• Limits of rationality
• Kevin A. Hassett, "Did The Three Kings Bear Gift Receipts?," The Washington Post, December 8, 2006
Afternoon Speaker: Sally Satel, AEI Resident Scholar
WEEK II: Principles of Foreign and Defense Policy
This course will examine the principles of democratic statecraft, American strategic culture, and current issues in national security policy. In addition to this coursework, students will participate in a staff ride to Gettysburg National Battlefield Park to explore the challenges of political and military leadership and a team exercise examining and contrasting recent White House National Security Strategies.
• Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, Pericles' Funereal Oration and Melian Dialogue
Afternoon Speaker: Charles Murray, AEI W.H. Brady Scholar
• Richard Hakluyt, A Discourse Concerning Western Planting, Sec 1, 2, 5-7, 10-18, 1584
Wednesday, June 27 • Session 3: Staff ride to the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park
• Required background reading: Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
• United Nations Charter, Articles 1, 2, 9-13, 23-27
Afternoon Speaker: Christina Hoff Sommers, AEI Resident Scholar
• Bush National Security Strategy 2002
WEEK III: Public Policy In-Depth
Instructor: Leon Aron, Director of Russia Studies, AEIReading:
•Crane Brinton. The Anatomy of Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 1965. pp. 28-42; last paragraph on 43-45; 3rd paragraph on 48-49; 67-69; 250-253 through 1st paragraph
Lunch and Introduction to AEI's Academic Programs
Social Security Reading:
• Patricia Martin & David Weaver, "Social Security: A Program and Policy History," Social Security Bulletin, Volume 66, Number 1 (2005)
Public Sector Pay Reading:
• Andrew G. Biggs, Jason Richwine, "Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers," Heritage Center for Data Analysis, November 1, 2011
Afternoon Speaker: Arthur Brooks, AEI President
Instructor: Kenneth P. Green, AEI Resident Scholar
• Kenneth Green, Abundant Energy, Fuel of Human Flourishing
Afternoon Speaker: Paul Teller, Executive Director, U.S. House Republican Study Committee
Instructor: Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, AEI
• United Nations, The Determinants and Consequences of Population Trends, (NY: UN, 1973), Vol. I, Ch. III, pp. 33-48
Washington Nationals versus Colorado Rockies
WEEK IV: American Statesmen
Instructor: Steven F. Hayward, F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow, AEI
By the end of the course, students will understand:
• The quality and limits of "executive power" in a constitutional regime
Focus: What is politics? What is statesmanship? Is it the same as leadership? Is it the same as greatness? Why all politicians are not statesman. Is statesmanship an art or a science? How does one study statesmanship?
• Winston Churchill, "Mass Effects in Modern Life," 1925
Max Weber, the father of modern social and political science as well as an early theorist of bureaucracy, offers trenchant reflections on the dilemmas and pitfalls of political engagement in this classic essay. This is a very dense and difficult essay traversing a lot of arcane details about forms of government organization; this can be safely skipped. While you are welcome to read the whole essay if you are a glutton for punishment, you are required to read the last third only, starting with the paragraph that begins "Therefore, today, one cannot yet see in any way how the management of politics as a 'vocation' will shape itself." This is the section we shall discuss in class.
The reading from Harvey Mansfield will explore different conventional perspectives on the American chief executive office in the context of the essential problem of executive power in politics. The American presidency is conceived as a republican institution, in which attempts to combine the strengths of monarchy with some of the techniques of tyranny, within a constitutional framework of separated powers and limited government.
Panel and Lunch: Making a Career in Public Policy
Focus: How did Washington go about establishing the character of the presidency, and how did his own character affect his acts? How did Jefferson's "abstract truth" (Lincoln's words) reflect the American mind? What is the connection between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Jefferson thought that the election of 1800 was something like a regime change, a revolution that for the first time established the principles of 1776.
• Federalist Papers, Nos. 69, 70
• Address to the Young Men's Lyceum, 1838
Focus: How did basic concepts of American democracy and constitutionalism change between the end of the Civil War and the Progressive Era? Which changes have persisted to today, and which have been discarded or changed further? How did Wilson and the two Roosevelts re-conceive the presidency? What is Wilson's understanding of natural rights and history? What is his understanding of democracy? What is his understanding of the Constitution? Why does he criticize the Constitution? Why does he separate politics and administration? What is the relationship between popular leadership and political institutions?
• Wilson, "What is Progress?", Ch. 2 of The New Freedom, 1913
Focus: What was Reagan's understanding of the Constitution? How did Reagan understand conservatism? What was his criticism of contemporary liberalism or progressivism? How did Reagan understand the welfare state, taxation, and social issues? Why did he think it necessary to call the USSR and "evil empire"?
Concluding Meditation: What are the sources or the hallmarks of superior statecraft?