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Opleidingsonderdelen 2012-2013  
Public Policy Analysis (VUB)
Vakgebied:Politieke wetenschappen
Locatie:Niet aan UA, wel aan Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Semester:1e semester
Contractrestrictie(s):Niet te volgen onder credit- en examencontracten
Examen:1e semester
Lesgever(s)Ann (Amelia) Hadfield-Amkhan


Deze cursusinformatie is bedoeld om de student te ondersteunen bij het verwerken van de leerstof

1. Aanvangscompetenties

Bij aanvang van dit opleidingsonderdeel dient de student over de volgende competenties te beschikken:

2. Eindcompetenties

Having completed the module, students will be able to proficiently and professionally

·         Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the history of policy analysis and the most common approaches in political science;

§  Possess a strong familiarity with the different methods in policy analysis and their advantages and disadvantages;

§  Demonstrate strong familiarity with the Birkland 5-stage model, clearly explaining the content of each step, what differentiates and blurs steps, the major actors, processes and mechanics of PPA within each step;

§  Illustrate an understanding of the differences between public and foreign policy, and strong familiarity with a wide range of examples of public policy, as well as a working knowledge of types of PPA pertinent to European states and the EU;

§  Give contemporary examples of current PPA practice and research;

§  Demonstrate oral skills in the preparation and 10 minute presentation on a key PPA reading.

§  Demonstrate skills in the preparation and presentation of a 2500 word Briefing Note examining the strengths and weaknesses of a given national or EU-level public policy.

3. Inhoud

Public Policy analysis aims to improve public management through the scientific analysis of public policy.  The methods used stretch over several disciplines, but this course aims to introduce the approach to policy analysis practiced in political science.  It divides the policy process in phases and presents the most important theoretical approaches and research results that illuminate the specific features of each moment in the policy cycle, from the setting of an agenda, through decision-making to the implementation and evaluation of policy. Contrasting theoretical approaches are presented as reflections of a tension between policy analysis for policy and about policy.  The student acquires critical tools for a better understanding of present day policy analysis and the relative advantages and disadvantages of different approaches that are then applied in the preparation of a model policy analysis.

The course introduces the policy cycle approach. Subsequently, major approaches to public policy analysis are introduced and evaluated in view of their explanatory strengths and weaknesses. The course then offers an in depth discussion of each policy phase in the cycle, highlighting key theoretical and empirical contributions relevant to the policy phase under scrutiny. The course offers students a framework to conduct their own research on a policy or policy reform/change. Students need to apply the policy cycle approach to a concrete case study, in the form of a Briefing Note.

4. Werkvormen

5. Evaluatievormen

6. Studiemateriaal

6.1 Noodzakelijk studiemateriaal

Handboek (Vereist) : Studying public policy. Policy cycles and policy subsystems, M. Howlett, M. Ramesh, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, Ontario., 2003
Handboek (Vereist) : Bestuurswetenschappen. De overheid: instellingen en beleid., H. Matthijs, M. Th. Jans, Intersentia, Antwerpen & Oxford., 2005
Digitaal cursusmateriaal (Vereist) : Slides en presentaties op Pointcarré

6.2 Facultatief studiemateriaal

Het volgende studiemateriaal kan vrijblijvend bestudeerd worden.

Study Material

·         Module Outline (Available and regularly updated on Pointcarre)

·         Online Compulsory readings texts from 3 key texts  (most scanned into Pointcarre by Module Convenor)

·         Additional Compulsory Weekly texts (Obtained by students, in the form of textbooks, scholarly journals and online articles)

·         Further Readings (Provided by Module Convenor on Pointcarre for specific themes and Lectures)

·         Weekly slides (Provided by the convenor available on Pointcarre)

·         Lecture Notes taken by all students during class

·         Weekly Seminar handouts and Power Points provided by the students  (available on Pointcarre)

The course will make specific use ofthe first three texts from the list below, i.e. Birkland, Hill, and the Oxford University Press Handbook by Moran, Rien and Goodin (eds). The Carson will be periodically used when exploring the EU dimension. The Dunn text is not used but can be drawn upon by students looking for additional readings.

1.      Thomas A. Birkland, An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, Second Edition, M. E. Sharpe, 2005.

2.      Michael Moran, Martin Rein, Robert Goodin (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford University Press, 2006.

3.      Michael Hill, The Public Policy Process, Fifth Edition, Pearson Longman, 2009.

4.      Marcus Carson, Tom R. Burns, Dolores Calvo (eds.),Paradigms in Public Policy: Theory and Practice of Paradigm Shifts in the EU, Peter Lang, 2009.

5.      William N. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis: An Introduction, Fourth Edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2008.

Additional readings will be placed on Pointcarre by Dr Hadfield as appropriate, drawn from a variety of academic, and policy-based sources.

7. Contactgegevens en begeleiding

(+)laatste aanpassing: 14/12/2012 15:42 geertrui.berghmans