- 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.
- engages with normative aspects of policy design, including strategies to mainstream rights, evidence-based, and gender- and conflict-sensitive approaches
- 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
- Introduction: why are we here?
- Developing as a Policy Analyst: Designing Interventions and Writing Policy Papers
- What are public policies and why do (not) we want to analyze them? What are public policy problems?
- Why State: state’s role in making public policies. “Carrots, Sermons and Sticks”
- The Essential: The Policy Cycle approach to public policy studies
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Policy Transfer and Diffusion
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Evidence-Based Policy-Making or Policy-Based Evidence-Making?
- Agenda-Setting: Punctuated Equilibrium Theory
- Agenda Setting: Multiple Streams Framework
- Policy Formulation & Shaping: Advocacy Coalition Framework
- Policy Implementation: Bureaucracy and Compliance
- Qualitative and Quantitative Policy Evaluation: Where the Money Goes
- Policy Legitimation: stakeholders’ engagement, input and output legitimacy
- Policy-making in Russia
- “Speaking Truth to Power”: Policy Advisory Systems
- 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.
- Peer-reviewAfter the policy paper is submitted, each student is randomly assigned a policy paper by another team for review. In the review, they must acknowledge the strengths, point out the weaknesses of the paper, and outline suggestions on how the text can be improved. Students are expected to write at least 1,500 characters with spaces. If the threshold is not met, the review automatically receives a grade of 1.
- ExamThe final exam is in a written form and contains both multiple-choice and open questions.
- 2022/2023 2nd module0.15 * Peer-review + 0.2 * In-class participation + 0.25 * Policy paper (team project) + 0.2 * Tests + 0.2 * Exam
- 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