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Master 2020/2021

Policy Analysis

Type: Compulsory course (Comparative Politics of Eurasia)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Comparative Politics of Eurasia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course examines the policy process in the contexts of post-Soviet countries. The course combines theoretical foundations of public policy studies (how policy problems are identified and framed, and how interventions are formed and evaluated) with the discussion of specific factors of policy making in Russia and other countries of post-Soviet space.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will obtain basic skills in public policy analysis and writing policy papers. In addition, students will learn about the main characteristics of the making and implementation of public policy in the countries of the post-Soviet space.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students know definitions of "public policy" and "policy problem"
  • Students are able to find and/or formulate policy problems
  • Students can characterise Policy Analysis as a sub-discipline of political science
  • Students use the Policy Cycle Approach to characterise policy making process in a country
  • Students can characterise roles of governments in the contexts of different approaches - new public management, (multilevel) governance and the classic "weberian" approach to the understanding of the state.
  • Students know perspectives of the Multilevel Governance theory to characterise modern tendencies of relations between governments and between state and non-state actors
  • Students know a definition of terms 'policy change' and 'reform'
  • Students use Punctuated Equilibrium Framework to analyse and predict policy changes in various political contexts
  • Students are able to predict effects of institutional designs on the policy making process
  • Students know main reasons and particularities of decentralisation in post-Soviet countries
  • Students identify effects of decentralisation and federalism on policy making process
  • Students make distinction between terms "international regime", "transnational networks" and "multilevel governance"
  • Students characterise dynamics of international influence on policy making process in the countries of post-Soviet area
  • Students use Advocacy Coalition Framework and Multiple Streams Framework to identify roles of NGOs in the policy making process
  • Students understand how the institution of outsourcing functions in modern process of public policy implementation
  • Students identify different roles of business actors in policy making process -- as lobbyists, experts, and policy makers
  • Students characterise business actors' roles in countries of post-Soviet areas
  • Students differentiate the bottom-up and top-down approaches to analysing policy implementation
  • Students use the street-level bureaucracy concept to predict potential failures (of success) of policy implementation
  • Students know main arguments of authoritarian modernisation theory and its opponents
  • Students can analyse post-Soviet countries from the perspective of neopatrimonialism and other concepts which connect public policy with features of political process
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: what are public policies and policy problems?
    Public policy and public administration in different political contexts. Notion of policy problem. What it means to analyse policy.
  • State and Government
    State and government. Multilevel governance. Roles of government in the context of New Public Management and in the tradition of multilevel governance.
  • Policy Changes and Reforms
    Policy changes and reforms. Conditions and factors of discrete and incremental policy changes.
  • Political Institutions and Public Policy: Presidents, Cabinets and Assemblies
    Effects of presidential, parliamentary and mixed political systems on policy making process.
  • Political Institutions and Public Policy: Decentralisation and Federalism
    Political and socio-economic factors of decentralisation. Regional elites as actors of policy making process.
  • International Impact on Policy Making
    International regimes and transnational networks.
  • Participation of NGOs in Policy Making
    Expertise and outsourcing.
  • Business Participation in the Formation and Implementation of Public Policy
    Lobbyism, expertise and the concept of private governance.
  • Bureaucracy as an Element of Government and a Potential Opponent of Its Policy
    Street-level bureaucracy.
  • The Influence of Political Regime on Public Policy.
    Authoritarian modernisation. Debates on good and bad governance. Neopatrimonialism.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Discussion groups
  • blocking Final test
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * Discussion groups + 0.5 * Final test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Anastassia V. Obydenkova, & Alexander Libman. (2019). Authoritarian Regionalism in the World of International Organizations : Global Perspective and the Eurasian Enigma. OUP Oxford.
  • Ansell, C. K., & Torfing, J. (2016). Handbook on Theories of Governance. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Fukuyama, F. (2013). What Is Governance? Governance, 26(3), 347–368. https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12035
  • Gel, man, V., & Starodubtsev, A. (2016). Opportunities and Constraints of Authoritarian Modernisation: Russian Policy Reforms in the 2000s. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2015.1113232
  • Gelʹman, V. (2017). Authoritarian Modernization in Russia : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies. Routledge.
  • Gelʹman, V. J. V. (DE-588)121498867, (DE-627)081347448, (DE-576)181761440, aut. (2020). Explaining bad governance in Russia institutions and incentives Vladimir Gel’man and Margarita Zavadskaya, European University at St. Petersburg, University of Helsinki ; PONARS Eurasia - New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia.
  • Governance in Russian Regions A Policy Comparison edited by Sabine Kropp, Aadne Aasland, Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, Jørn Holm-Hansen, Johannes Schuhmann. (2018).
  • Hale, H. E. (2017). Response to Lucan Way review of Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1537592717000615
  • Handbook on multi-level governance ed. by Henrik Enderlein . (2010).
  • Hill, M., & Varone, F. (2017). The Public Policy Process. Routledge.
  • Irina Busygina, Mikhail Filippov, & Elmira Taukebaeva. (2018). To decentralize or to continue on the centralization track: The cases of authoritarian regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euras.2017.12.008
  • Keohane, R. O., & Nye Jr., J. S. (1998). Power and Interdependence in the Information Age. Foreign Affairs, 77(5), 81. https://doi.org/10.2307/20049052
  • Kingdon, J. W. (2013). Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Update Edition, with an Epilogue on Health Care: Pearson New International Edition (Vol. Second edition). Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1418568
  • Korneev, O. (2018). Self-legitimation through knowledge production partnerships: International Organization for Migration in Central Asia. Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, 44(10), 1673–1690. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1354057
  • Korneev, O. V. (DE-588)1145161677, (DE-576)495642983, aut. (2017). International organizations as global migration governors : the World Bank in Central Asia / Oleg Korneev.
  • NGOs and the policy-making process in Russia: The case of child welfare reform. (2018). https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12366
  • Pape, U. (2013). The Politics of HIV/AIDS in Russia. Routledge.
  • Richardson, J. (2000). Government, Interest Groups and Policy Change. Political Studies, 48(5), 1006. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.00292
  • Slaughter, A.-M. (1997). The Real New World Order. Foreign Affairs, 76(5), 183. https://doi.org/10.2307/20048208
  • Starodubtsev, A. (2018). Coordination, Subordination and Control in Russian Territorial Governance. Russian Politics, 3(2), 260–281. https://doi.org/10.1163/2451-8921-00302006
  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Khmelnitskaya, M. (2020). Policy and Governance in Russia: Ideas and Discourses in Social Policymaking and Governance. Russian Analytical Digest, 254, 2–6. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000421074
  • M. Rodwan Abouharb, David Cingranelli, & Mikhail Filippov. (2019). Too Many Cooks: Multiple International Principals Can Spoil the Quality of Governance. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8050139
  • True, J., & Mintrom, M. (2001). Transnational Networks and Policy Diffusion: The Case of Gender Mainstreaming. https://doi.org/10.1111/0020-8833.00181