Public Policy Analysis
Description: This course provides students with a foundational understanding of public policy as an academic discipline and as a professional practice in both advanced and less advanced political economies. The course introduces the theoretical roots of the discipline and the analytical approaches that define and drive it. The students will be exposed to the complex actors and institutions involved in the shaping and implementation of public policy, and the various types of approaches, methods, and tools used in different policy arenas. Students will explore in depth the complexities of the various phases of the policy process: agenda-setting, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, and evaluation. The exploration of these various phases will be through discussions of cases of public policy problems in various countries with different governance environments.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this class, the students are expected to demonstrate the following: • knowledge of key concepts in public policy and public management; • ability to analyse and define problems and to set policy agendas accordingly; • capacity to apply various approaches in developing policy options, devising implementation strategies and conducting evaluation of policies; • competency in communicating analysis and findings clearly in their written work and in verbal presentations.