5.2 What content can I expect? Semester selections of readings, activities, lessons, cases and topics vary. But they reflect the general content outline of the curriculum’s module description: 5.2.1 European public policy and European business. Public policy as business environment in Europe. Dimensions of polity, politics and policy. Thinking about what governments do and their basic instruments. Difference between business/economics and policy as public problem-solving (the market vs. the polis). Comparison with technical expert problem-solving. Ethical, economic, political, social, and organizational factors in policy deci- sions, core values such as equity, efficiency, liberty, and security. Resolving pol- icy conflicts.
Syllabus European Public Policy EMM 2 2 5.2.2 Review of EU institutions. Institutional architecture for policy-making. National interests: Council and Coreper. Supranational interests: Commission, comitology, regulatory agen- cies. Political interests: European Parliament, its groups and committees. Insti- tutional change. Formal policy- and law-making process. 5.2.3 Organized interests in European policy-making. Interest groups as unofficial actors in policy-making and their influence in Eu- ropean democracy. Access and mechanics of interest intermediation. Roles of the policy decision analyst, negotiator, representative, and political strategist. 5.2.4 Tools and concepts of policy analysis. Rationality of and limits to rational policy-making. Formal law-making proce- dure vs. the policy cycle, garbage can model, streams model, advocacy coalition framework, and other models. Mindset of the policy analyst. Multidisciplinary information and methods, forms of analysis, critical thinking, structure of pol- icy arguments. Expert advice vs. political strategy. Policy analysis and advocacy documents. Briefing and writing for non-technical decision-makers. 5.2.5 Policy case studies. Applying policy analysis to concrete cases in EU policy-making, based on a se- lection of cases from various internal and external policy fields.
- Fall '16
- European Union, European Public Policy