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
- 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.
- What are public policies and why do (not) we want to analyze them? What are public policy problems?The notions of public policy and a policy problem. Features of policy problems. The social construction of policy problems.
- 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.
- The Changing Landscape of Public Policy: Multi-level GovernanceThe concept of multi-level governance (MLG). MLG (ideal) types. Private governance. The role of businesses and NGOs in policy formulation and implementation. Co-governance and co-production.
- 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.
- In-class participationStudents are expected to attend each seminar and regularly participate in discussions. The instructor grades the participation during the seminars based on the quality of answers, demonstration of engagement with the assigned readings and home tasks, and overall quantitative involvement in the in-class activities.
- TestsThere will be two tests covering the material of the preceding lectures and seminars. The tests will include multiple-choice questions as well as open questions. The dates of the tests will be announced in advance.
- Policy paper (team project)During the course, students are to prepare a team project — a policy paper advising a governmental or non-governmental body on a topic of the students’ choice. Papers define a clear policy problem (policy failure), are characterized both by empirical and analytical rigor, and provide persuasive policy recommendations on the chosen topic. The paper must analyze the background of a certain policy decision (why and how the government decided to do what it did), why the status quo is problematic, and what can be done to solve the problem.
- ExamThe final exam is in a written form and contains both multiple-choice and open questions.
- Comments on assigned readings and a policy paperStudents are expected to post at least two substantial comments under the reading assigned to each seminar. Group discussions are highly encouraged. The Perusall platform (perusall.com) will be used for this purpose. After the submission of the policy papers, each student is assigned a policy paper written by their classmates to comment on.
- MOOC quizzesStudents are expected to attend the MOOC “International organizations management” at the Coursera platform and to take quizzes after each class.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.1 * Comments on assigned readings and a policy paper + 0.15 * Exam + 0.2 * In-class participation + 0.1 * MOOC quizzes + 0.25 * Policy paper (team project) + 0.2 * Tests
- 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