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These are classes that I've prepared syllabi for teaching. The topics include areas of public policy,  urban politics, public administration theory and the practice of local financial public management.  In addition, I am prepared to teach classes on qualitative methods and specific topics for advances courses in: decentralization and economic development, and fiscal federalism.

1. Urban Politics class or Problems with Urban designs This major survey class has practical application about how US/Western theory may or may not apply to the developing world context. The class provides a broad survey of normative and empirical reading as to the growth of urbanization, while providing piratical skills for understanding local political orders. 
a)  The Blackwell City Readers Second Edition(edited by Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson) Blackwell
b)  Theories of Urban Politics Second Edition (edited by Jonathan S. Davies and David L. Imbroscio) Sage
c)  The Regional Governing of Metropolitan America by David Miller

2.  General Public Policy Analysis ClassIntroduction to policy analysis includes normative, theoretical and empirical readings along with ways to learn new  analytical skills such as cost benefit analysis, cost curves and microeconomics analysis of public problems. The major assignment for each student is to perform a technical policy analysis of a policy area of his or her choosing.
a) Policy Analysis Concepts and Practices Fourth Edition by David Weimer and Aidrian R. Vining
b) Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons
c) John W. Kingdon's Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies

3) Public Administration Theory and Practice Class or a Seminar in Public Administration Theory and Organizational AnalysisThis introduction Public Administration theory course provides a basic understanding the theories in the field of public administration.
a) Stillman II, R. J. (2005). Public Administration: Concepts and Cases. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
b) Shafritz, J., y Albert C. Hyde. Clásicos de la administración pública. Trad. María Antonia Bigorra Neira. México: FCE, 1999.
c) Denhardt, Robert B.  (2004).  Theories of Public Organization, 4th edition, Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning
d) Frederickson, H. George.  (1997).  The Spirit of Public Administration.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.

4) Financial Management in Government 
This introduction into public finances divides practical analysis of concepts such as revenue collection management and expenditure based evaluations. The class seeks to develop ways to apply learning at the State and Local levels of government.
a) Fisher, Ronald. C. State and Local Public Finance
b) Slemrod, Joel (ed). Tax Policy in the Real World
c) Brunori, David (ed). The Further of State Taxation
d) Fiscal Administration, 9th ed. - John Mikesell

5) Qualitative Research Methods 
This seminar class studies on how to do good qualitative research designs with a focus to review the literature on the subject of methods as a field or study.
a) Brady, H. and Collier, D. (2004). Rethinking social inquiry: Diverse tools, shared standards. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
b) Geddes, Barbara. (2003). Paradigms and Sandcastles: Theory Building and Research Design in Comparative Politics . University of Michigan press
c) George, A. and Bennett, A. (2005). Case studies and theory development in the social sciences. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.
d) King, G., Keohane, R., and Verba, S. (1994). Designing social inquiry. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

6) Decentralization and Local Governments in the Developing World
This survey class reviews theories of decentralization, administrative, political and fiscal policies.
a) Comparing Federal Systems 3rd Edition by Ronald Watts
b) Decentralizing Governance, Emerging Concepts and Practices by G. Shabbir Cheema and Denis A. Rodinelli
c) Decentralization and Subanational Politics in Latin America (Falleti)
d) Local Governments and their Intergovernmental Networks in Federalizing Spain (Agranoff)

7) Fiscal Federalism and topics beyond Fiscal Decentralization
This survey class reviews normative and empirical analysis of federal systems and how they can generate wealth by using the analysis of the structure of government.
a)  Edward L. Gibson ed. (2004). Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press 
b) Riker, William. (1964). Federalism: Origin, Operation, Significance, Boston: Little & Brown.
c) Rodden, Jonathan. (2006). Hamilton's Paradox: The Promise and Peril of Fiscal Federalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
d) Oates, Wallace. (1977). Federalismo fiscal, Madrid: Instituto de Estudios de Administración Local.
e) Musgrave, Richard. (1959). The theory of public finance: a study in public economy, New York: McGraw‐Hill.

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