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DSPO 2475A - Comparative Public Policy Analysis: Western European and North American urban policies

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course provides an introduction to comparative public policy analysis used in political science and administrative studies. It intends to develop theoretical and methodological skills for students interested in public policy analysis. This class provides the necessary tools for understanding and conducting in-depth research on a variety of political issues. Each class is divided in two parts. The first hour of lecture deals with the main concepts in public policy analysis. The second hour applies those concepts to a specific policy related to urban issues though a presentation by the instructor and a presentation by the students. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: - Understand and criticize comparative analytical frameworks - Investigate policy processes, outputs and outcomes across various policy areas - Conduct their own research on a specific policy domain following a comparative perspective The course is structured so that the learning experience in class sessions is cumulative. Students will be expected to read all assigned readings, regularly attend and contribute to the class. They will develop their own comparative analysis of one policy in the US and in a European country.


BOISSEUIL, Clément L. (PhD Candidate, CEE - Sciences Po)

Course validation

• Oral presentation (15 minutes by two students, 10 minutes of questions): 40% • Individual final paper due on session 12 (12 pages excluding bibliography): 50% • Attendance, preparation and participation: 10%

Required reading

  • Sabatier (ed. 2007), Theories of the policy process, Boulder, Westview Press
  • Moran, Rein and Goodin (ed. 2006), The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Lodge, Page, and Balla (ed. 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Dodds (2013), Comparative Public Policy, London, MacMillan