Foundations of Public Policy
This course introduces students to the evolution of the field of public policy. It presents the main conceptual frameworks for understanding substantial political issues and proposes the key approaches to actual policy analysis.
Since public policy is in most cases about what states and governments are supposed to do and what they are in fact doing in reality, the course traverses between normative and positive perspectives. People tend not to agree on normative (consensus is always a rare luck or the result of great efforts!) and real life takes its toll from all the plans and expectations, thus it is crucial to understand and to analyze what, why, and how governments are doing.
Public policy also puts great emphasis on problem-solving; therefore the course integrates the cutting-edge theoretical perspectives on public policy analysis into the curriculum and prepares students for real life professional analytical activities.
Lectures: 44 hours
Seminars: 12 hours
Forms of Control