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KINT 3615 - POLICY ANALYSIS AND POLICY DESIGN

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

No formal prerequisite. However the course will refer to basic knowledge in politics, public policy and political economy, therefore students will need to review or study some of these concepts by themselves.

Course Description

This course aims at developing skills for understanding and designing public policy in a context of growing internationalization and globalization. The class trains students to write a professional policy paper. The course introduces students to the key theoretical controversies developed by the academic literature and relevant for public policy analysis and decision-making, presents the relevant data available from policy think tanks and international institutions, and discusses policy case-studies borrowed from a wide comparative and international background. The course proposes a specific methodology to critically understand and deliberate about policy design. The discussion is centered on the dynamics and on the influence of institutions, and on the selection of instruments in the conduct of public policy. Students actively participate to the class in forming teams to prepare a policy case-study. They characterize a policy situation at the international, national or local level, and critically analyze a range of policy options. They collectively discuss competing policy alternatives to formulate a series of policy recommendations. The course is validated with the submission of a professional policy-paper of international standard.

Teachers

BALME, Richard (Professeur des universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Class sessions are focused on the discussion of texts introduced by students. They also include short lectures and comments by the instructor. If you wish to read and discuss, this class is for you.

Course validation

Students are expected to: - Participate in discussions following the lectures; - Read and comment materials prior to discussion in class; - Propose a Policy Case Study as a topic for Term Paper. Students' proposals will be presented and discussed in class; - Turn in-term papers (5,000 to 7,000 words including bibliography). Coursework : 50% Term Paper : 50%

Workload

Three hours of readings per week, preparation of presentations, discussion, and one essay.

Required reading

  • Kraft (Michael E. ), Furlong Scott R., Public Policy. Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives.CQ Press, Washington, 2010
  • Stone (Deborah), The Policy Paradox. The Art of Political Decision-Making. Norton, 2012
  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013

Additional required reading

  • Anderson (James E.), Public Policymaking.Boston, Wadsworth, 2010 (seventh edition).
  • Bardach (Eugene), A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis.CQ Press, Washington DC, 2009.

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Lecture 1 - Understanding the Policy Process.

  • The Policy Process in space and time.
  • Policy Formulation and Decision
  • Policy Implementation and Evaluation

Read:

  • Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong, Public Policy. Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, CQ Press, Washington, 2010. Ch. 3.
  • Howlett (Michael), Ramesh (M.), Studying Public Policy. Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems. Oxford University Press, 1995. Ch 3.

Lecture 2 – Patterns of Public Policy

  • Typologies of Public Policies
  • Big versus Strong Government: Understanding Government Capacity.
  • Changing Policy Instruments.

Read:

  • Francis Fukuyama, State-Building. Governance and World Order in the 21rst Century. Cornell University Press, 2004.Ch 1 pp 1-42.
  • David Levi-Faur, “From big government to big governance?” Oxford Handbook of Governance. Oxford, 2012.
  • Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel, Anthony Zito, “New Instruments of Environmental Governance: Patterns and Pathways of Change”, Environmental Politics, 2003, 12/1, 1-24.

Lecture 3 – The Changing Political Economy of Public Policy

  • State, Market and Societies - Changing Boundaries of Political Economy
  • Informal Institutions: Social Capital and Clientelism
  • Globalization and Institutional Change
  • Globalization as a Normative Process

Read:

  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 1 (17-48).
  • Michael Veseth, What is International Political Economy?

Lecture 4 – Public Policy as Public Good Provision.

  • The possibility of rational choice
  • Properties of public goods
  • Problems of collective action

Read:

  • Shepsle (M.), Boncek (M.), Analyzing Politics. Rationality, Behaviour and Institutions. New York Norton, 1997. Ch. 2 and 3.
  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to  Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 4 (111-156).

Lecture 5 – Problem Structuring in Policy Analysis.

  • Interests, Ideas, Institutions.
  • Behavioral and Systemic Approaches of Policy Problems
  • Expectations, Policy Values and Policy Objectives.

Read:

  • W. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis, Ch. 3 Structuring Policy Problems.
  • Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong, Public Policy. Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives.CQ Press, Washington, 2010, Ch 5.
  • D. Stone, Policy Paradox. The Art of Political Decision-Making. Ch. 9, “Causes”.
  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 10 (281-302).

Lecture 6 – Assessing Policy Alternatives (1)

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness

Reading:

  • Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong, Public Policy. Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives.CQ Press, Washington, 2010, Ch 6.
  • W. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis,Ch 5. 213-272.

Lecture 7 – Assessing Policy Alternatives (2)

  • The Ethics of Policy Choice

Reading:

  • Michael E. Kraft and Scott R. Furlong, Public Policy. Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives. CQ Press, Washington, 2010, Ch 6.
  • Stone (Deborah), Policy Paradox. The Art of Political Decision-Making. Norton, 2012, Ch. 5 (107-128) and 15 (331-353).

Lecture 8 – Agenda Setting.

  • Policy Formulation
  • Types of Agenda Setting
  • Decision-Making

Read:  

  • Wu Xun, Ramesh M., Howlett M., Fritzen S.A., The Public Policy Primer. Managing the Policy Process. Ch. 3 and 4.
    Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 5 (157-180).

Lecture 9 – Managing Policy Implementation

  • Implementation gaps and implementation traps
  • Patterns of Implementation Design

Read:

  • James E. Anderson, Public Policymaking. An Introduction. Ch 6. “Policy
  •             Implementation”, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1990, pp. 171-219.
  • Shepsle (M.), Boncek (M.), Analyzing Politics. Rationality, Behaviour and Institutions. New York Norton, 1997. “Bureaucracy and Implementation”.
  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 6 (181-206).
  • M. Crozier, E. Friedberg, Actors and Systems. The Politics of Collective Action. Ch. 2.

Lecture 10 – The Quality of the Policy Process.

Read:

  • Allan McConnell, Understanding Policy Success, Palgrave Macmillan 2010, Ch. 3 pp 55-80.
  • Rothstein (Bo), Teorell (Jan), “What is Quality of Government? A Theory of Impartial Government Institutions”, Governance, Vol. 21, 2, April 2008, pp. 165-190.

Lecture 11 – Formulating Policy Recommendations.

Read:

  • Eugene Bardach, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis. Part 1, Appendix B and C.
  • William n. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis, An Introduction. Ch.9, (421-464).
  • William n. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis, An Introduction. Appendix 1, “The Policy Issue Paper”.
  • Corduneanu-Huci (Cristina), Hamilton (Alexander), Ferrer (Issel-Masses), Understanding Policy Change. How to Apply Political Economy Concepts in Practice. The World Bank, Washington DC, 2013, Ch 11 (303-316).

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Richard Balme is professor of political science at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs, and research fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Europeennes (CEE). He also teaches at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University, Beijing.  He teaches and researches comparative public policy and international relations. Among his recent publications are Collective
Action and European Democracy. Power and Protest in the EU (With D. Chabanet). Rowman and Littlefield 2008.Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms (With B. Bridges). Palgrave 2008..“Central-Local Relations and Innovation in Environmental Policy-Making: Comparative Perspectives”, a special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance, 2014 (With Qi  Ye, Eds). Smart Grids Applications and Developments. London, Springer Verlag, 2014 (With Li V., Hills P., Mah D., Eds).