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Unformatted text preview: Policy Process and Policy Analysis Autumn term, 2008, p.1 CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY Department of Public Policy Sample Course Outline Credits: 4 Instructors: Nick Sitter Andreas Goldthau THE POLICY PROCESS AND POLICY ANALYSIS The course is designed to introduce students to the comparative analysis of public policy. It assesses key incentives and constraints that are inherent in the policy process and introduces to models that seeks to provide an analytical framework. Students will become familiar with pluralist and rational choice-based approaches to the study of public policy; they will acquire the analytical tools to analyse actors and their strategic behaviour the political process; and they will gain some experience in analysing the policy process from the inception of a new public policy issue to its implementation and review. The course draws on classical texts in comparative politics and public policy, and proceeds to explore current academic and political issues in the European public policy debates. The course first introduces to nature and function of public policy, and provides a historic overview of public policy in Europe. Next, it provides a basic ‘toolkit’ to studying public policy by introducing to institutions, actors and their strategic choices; further, it makes the case of market and government failure. The third part focuses on the policy process and assesses agenda setting, policy advocacy and implementation; it also embeds actors and institutions in a rational choice informed analytic framework. Finally, the course tackles audit and evaluation of public policy and concludes with a structured debate. The course aims to x introduce students to the field of public policy and to the fundamentals of policy analysis x make students familiar with the interplay of actor constellations, incentives and constraints in the policy process x enable future public managers to think smartly about policies. 2 Course Requirements x Participation in class discussion (15 %) x Presentation, in teams (15 %) x Midterm assignment (20 %) x Policy Paper (50 %) Participation: Participation includes active presence in all sessions, and the preparation of required readings. In sessions without introductory student presentation, students may be asked to shortly summarize key aspects of the required literature in working groups. Students are also expected to develop a deeper knowledge of the topic on their own, e.g. by consulting additional indicated readings. Presentation: Presentations are intended to provide a short and distinct introductory input to a session. They are guided by the main question provided in the syllabus. To tackle the question, they critically assess indicated readings and provide a clear added value to the audience, beyond the arguments/facts provided in the specified literature. Own research on the topic is more than encouraged. Presentations are usually carried out in small teams. All presentations are supported Policy Process and Policy Analysis...
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