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Foundations of Public Policy

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс адаптационный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Шлауфер Каролин Леа

Course Syllabus


This course introduces students to the field of public policy. During the first part of the course, the major public policy theories are taught to students, namely: Policy Cycle Theory, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Multiple Streams Approach, Punctuated Equilibrium framework, Neo-Institutionalism, Policy Narratives Framework, Policy Capacity Framework and Policy Transfer Theory. In the second part, these frameworks and theories are applied to current policymaking issues. Thereby, students are supposed to answer questions such as: What factors may explain policy change? What leads to the failure of policy? Why is a policy effective and how do we measure effectiveness?
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objectives of this course are to: Introduce students to what public policy is; Introduce students to theories and frameworks used in public policy; Provide students with the necessary skills to apply public policy theories to current issues in public policy.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know and understand the Policy Cycle Theory and be able to apply it
  • Know and understand the Advocay Coalition Framework and be able to apply it
  • Know and understand the Mulitple Streams Framework and be able to apply it
  • Know and understand the three different forms of neo-institutionalism (historical institutionalism, sociological institutionalism and behavioural institutionalism) and be able to apply them
  • Know and understand the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and be able to apply it
  • Know and understand the concept of policy learning and policy transfer theory and be able to apply them
  • Know and understand the Policy Capacity Framework and be able to apply it
  • Know and understand the Policy Narratives Framework, the concept of framing and discourse, and be able to apply them
  • Know different definitions of public policy, know the differences between policy, politics and polity
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges of technocratic policymaking in hybrid regimes
  • Know and understand the concept of evidence-based policymaking
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to public policy
  • Policy Cycle Theory
  • The Advocacy Coalition Framework
  • The Multiple Streams Framework
  • Policy Narratives Framework, framing, policy discourse
  • Neo-Institutionalism
  • The Punctuated Equilibrium Theory
  • Public Policy in Russia
  • Policy learning and policy transfer
  • Policy Capacity Framework
  • Evidence-based policymaking in a post-truth world
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Participation
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.49 * Essay + 0.21 * Participation + 0.3 * Presentation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Araral, E. (2013). Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=513571
  • Dolowitz, D. P., & Marsh, D. (2000). Learning from Abroad: The Role of Policy Transfer in Contemporary Policy-Making. Governance, 13(1), 5. https://doi.org/10.1111/0952-1895.00121
  • Gel’man, V. V. (DE-588)1147609624, (DE-576)495891827, aut. (2018). The technocratic traps of post-Soviet reforms : politics versus policy / Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg; University of Helsinki ; PONARS Eurasia - New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.500389802
  • Hall, P., & Taylor, R. (1996). Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.45428ED0
  • 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
  • Wu, X., Ramesh, M., & Howlett, M. (2015). Policy capacity: A conceptual framework for understanding policy competences and capabilities. Policy & Society, 34(3/4), 165–171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.09.001

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Albright, E. A. (2011). Policy Change and Learning in Response to Extreme Flood Events in Hungary: An Advocacy Coalition Approach. Policy Studies Journal, 39(3), 485–511. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00418.x
  • Baumgartner, F. R., & Jones, B. D. (1991). Agenda Dynamics and Policy Subsystems. Journal of Politics, 53(4), 1044–1074. https://doi.org/10.2307/2131866
  • Claire A. Dunlop, & Claudio M. Radaelli. (2013). Systematising Policy Learning: From Monolith to Dimensions. Political Studies, (3), 599. https://doi.org/10.1111/post.2013.61.issue-3
  • Dunlop, C. A., & Radaelli, C. M. (2018). Does Policy Learning Meet the Standards of an Analytical Framework of the Policy Process? ; Policy Learning Framework. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.19EE1EDD
  • Gel’man, V., & Starodubtsev, A. (2016). Opportunities and Constraints of Authoritarian Modernisation: Russian Policy Reforms in the 2000s. Europe-Asia Studies, 68(1), 97–117. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2015.1113232
  • Howlett, M., McConnell, A., & Perl, A. (2017). Moving Policy Theory Forward: Connecting Multiple Stream and Advocacy Coalition Frameworks to Policy Cycle Models of Analysis. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76(1), 65–79. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12191
  • Kay, A. (2015). A Critique of the Use of Path Dependency in Policy Studies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.45B17789
  • 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
  • NGOs and the policy-making process in Russia: The case of child welfare reform. (2018). https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12366
  • Robert M. Entman. (1993). Framing: Toward clarification of a fractured paradigm. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.28A41BC
  • Sabatier, P. A. (1988). An advocacy coalition framework of policy change and the role of policy-oriented learning therein. Policy Sciences, 21(2–4), 129–168. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00136406
  • Schlaufer, C., Stucki, I., & Sager, F. (2018). The Political Use of Evidence and Its Contribution to Democratic Discourse. Public Administration Review, 78(4), 645–649. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12923
  • Weible, C. M., Sabatier, P. A., Jenkins-Smith, H. C., Nohrstedt, D., Henry, A. D., & deLeon, P. (2011). A Quarter Century of the Advocacy Coalition Framework: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Policy Studies Journal, 39(3), 349–360. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0072.2011.00412.x