Public Policy Analysis

787 Public Policy Analysis

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 15
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Mitja Durnik, PhD

 

1. Objectives and competences

Objectives:

  • comprehension of the policy analysis in relation to studying the public administration and possible integration of the disciplines;
  • capability to choose and apply theoretical concepts and methods of policy analysis in resolving expert and working problems;
  • ability to align policy analysis with other academic disciplines and understanding the way how they are included in basic research approach in policy analysis;
  • awareness of the issue how crucial is the ongoing training and new knowledge in policy analysis field for development of the future career in public administration, public sector and wider.

Competences:

  • understanding of the role of values in research;
  • understanding the structure of the policy problem
  • basic knowledge of using computer software in policy analysis (policy network analysis  - »Discourse Network Analyzer DNA« discourse analysis -  »QD Miner«, statistics-SPSS);
  • distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods and understanding of the use of combined methods in policy analysis
  • analysis and comprehension of more basic problems from everyday praxis
  • understanding of policy problems:  multi-level and multi-dimensional parameters.

2. Content

  • Public policy: basic definitions, models and principles;
  • Actors in public policy making (special emphasis on the role of bureaucracy);
  • Policy process and policy cycle (macro, meso, and micro level analysis);
  • Theories of power in policy analysis;
  • Policy paradigms and policy changes
  • Methodology for policy analysis: quantitative analysis and positivism; the role of argument and interpretive concepts; mixed methods in policy analysis;
  • Policy Networks;
  • The role of values in policy analysis;
  • The role of evaluation techniques in policy analysis;
  • Case studies: health policy, development policy;
  • Power of multidisciplinary approach: policy analysis and political economy;
  • Basic usage of computer software for policy analysis (policy network analysis  - »Discourse Network Analyzer DNA« discourse analysis -  »QD Miner«, statistics-SPSS).

3. Readings

  • Fink-Hafner, Danica (ur.). 2007. Uvod v analizo politik : teorije, koncepti, načela. Fakulteta za družbene vede  (celotna knjiga 217 strani; izbrana poglavja cca. 100 strani).
  • Dunn, William N. 2012. Public Policy Analysis (international edition). Pearson Education, Limited (celotna knjiga 480 stani, izbrana poglavja cca. 150 strani).
  • Wiemer, David L. in Aidan R. Wining. 2008. 2011. Policy Analysis. Longman (celotna knjiga 473 strani; izbrana poglavja cca. 150 strani).
  • Howlett, Michael, Anthony Perl in M. Ramesh. Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems.  Oxford University Press. (celotna knjiga 298 strani; izbrana poglavja cca. 150 strani).

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • proper use of methodological approaches;
  • scientific writing at the elementary level
  • proper use of resources for the study and analysis;
  • understanding of the basic concepts and models of policy analysis.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture;
  • practical work;
  • e-learning;
  • use of e-communication tools to solve practical problems;
  • field trip (visiting institutions at the national and European level);
  • seminar paper;
  • group presentations;
  • problem based learning.

6. Assessment

  • written exam(50%)
  • coursework and active class participation (20%)
  • seminar work paper (30%)