Introduction to Policy Analysis
- The goal of the course is to teach students to analyze the policy process with the use of different theories as well as to give them a basic understanding of policy evaluation methods and principles.
- identifies policy problems and critically engage with them with various analytical tools and methods
- understands key concepts in policy studies and apply them to/in specific problems/contexts
- understands how policy issues are problematized and policy responses are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in different political and geographical contexts
- engages with normative aspects of policy design, including strategies to mainstream rights, evidence-based, and gender- and conflict-sensitive approaches
- writes about public policy for different audiences
- Introduction: why are we here?Course structure, grading policies. What is Policy Analysis and who are policy analysts?
- Developing as a Policy Analyst: Designing Interventions and Writing Policy PapersIntervention designs. How to write good policy papers.
- Why State? Market FailuresMarket efficiency as a public policy rationale. Market failures: externalities, public good provision, natural monopoly, information asymmetries.
- Why State: state’s role in making public policies. “Carrots, Sermons and Sticks”State's role in making public policies. Types of public policies.
- The Essential: The Policy Cycle approach to public policy studiesPolicy cycle model. Stages of the policy cycle. Policy cycle as descriptive and prescriptive model.
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Policy Transfer and DiffusionPolicy Transfer, policy diffusion, policy learning
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Evidence-Based Policy-Making or Policy-Based Evidence-Making?Evidence-based policy-making, the problem of evidence manipulation, values in evidence-based policy analysis.
- Decision Making and Policy Change: Punctuated Equilibrium TheoryPunctuated equilibrium theory and analysis of budget spendings.
- Agenda Setting: Multiple Streams FrameworkMultiple Streams Framework. Problem, Policy, and Politics streams. Coupling. Policy entrepreneurs.
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Advocacy Coalition FrameworkAdvocacy Coalition Framework. Advocacy coalitions, beliefs and their levels, coalitional resources.
- Qualitative and Quantitative Policy Evaluation: Where the Money GoesQuantitative and qualitative tools in policy evaluation.
- Policy Legitimation: Iron Triangle, Issue Networks, Policy Communities and Public OpinionPolicy legitimation
- Policy Implementation: Bureaucracy and ComplianceThe role of bureaucracy in policy implementation, bureaucratic stimuli. Barriers to compliance.
- Policy-making in RussiaPolicy-making process in Russia. Factors of successful reforms.
- “Speaking Truth to Power”: Policy Advisory SystemsThe role of policy advisors in policy-making. Policy Advisory Systems.
- Public Policy as a Subject and a Profession: Who is a Good Policy AnalystHow to be a good policy analyst? Skills and competencies.
- Conclusions: Revisions and ReflectionsRevision of the course material.
- In-class participation
- Policy paper (team project)
- ExamThe retakes are in the same format and take place at the GoFormative platform (goformative.com) and are proctored via Zoom.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.25 * Exam + 0.25 * In-class participation + 0.25 * Policy paper (team project) + 0.25 * Quizzes
- Cairney, P. (2016). The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making. New York: Palgrave Pivot. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1203451
- Thissen, W. A. H., & Walker, W. E. (2013). Public Policy Analysis : New Developments. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=537663
- Shapiro, S. (2016). Analysis and Public Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1194861