- Students will learn about the main characteristics of the making and implementation of public policy in the countries of the post-Soviet space.
- predicts the effects of institutional designs on the policy making process
- knows the main concepts that are used to analyze policymaking
- knows main arguments of authoritarian modernization theory and its opponents
- characterizes business actors' roles in countries of post-Soviet areas
- understands the role and the limits of the influence of NGOs and civil society in the post-Soviet countries
- characterizes the dynamics of international influence on policy making process in the post-Soviet countries
- Intro: governance and public policy in the post-Soviet spaceIntroducing the main concepts: public policy, governance, policy cycle, policy entrepreneurs, advocacy coalitions. Governance in the post-Soviet states.
- Institutional designThe institutional models in the post-Soviet space. Their impact on public policy.
- Political regimePolitical regime's impact on public policy. Authoritarian modernization in the post-Soviet space.
- Business interestsThe sources of business power. Privatization and the role of business interests in post-Soviet policymaking.
- NGOs and civil societyNGOs as policy entrepreneurs, experts, and brokers in post-Soviet policymaking.
- International influenceInternational influence on post-Soviet policymaking. International organizations as knowledge and resource providers.
- Seminar 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.
- Low-stakes writing
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.4 * Exam + 0.1 * Low-stakes writing + 0.5 * Seminar participation
- Cairney, P. (2011). Understanding Public Policy : Theories and Issues. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Weible, C. M., & Sabatier, P. A. (2017). Theories of the Policy Process (Vol. Fourth edition). Boulder, CO: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1451128