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KMPA 2880 - Public Policy in Practice

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Our course discusses the challenges public authorities encounter when they implement policies and policy reforms, in a broad range of sectors. The key question that will try to answer is “how should policies be implemented?”, rather than solely “what needs to be done”. Classes will be practical and based on situations, concrete examples, and processes. We plan to cover different policy domains, including: employment; innovation; skills; education; territorial development; decentralisation and governance reforms; etc. Several of these domains contains bundle of policies and will provide us with the possibility to focus on cross-cutting issues such as political economy of reform challenges, stakeholder engagement, complementarities and policy synergies.


  • AJMONE MARSAN, Giulia (Innovation economist)
  • DEGEORGES, Adrien G. (Doctorant)
  • TRAPASSO, Raffaele (Economiste)

Pedagogical format

Students will be asked to prepare and present a case study about policy implementation in a specific policy area, among those discussed in the 12 sessions of the course. In the first part of the session, a small group of students will discuss their case study with a guest teacher (an expert in the policy domain). A frontal lesson, provided by the same guest teacher, will follow. Finally, in the final part of the session, all participants will engage in a Q&A session.

Course validation

Students will be graded on 3 assignments: χ The preparation/ presentation and discussion of a case study (groups of 2-3 students) in relation to the topic of the session (40% of the grade); χ A multiple choice test that will be taken during a sit-il exam and that will cover material from all sessions (50%) in may after the last course; χ In-class participation (10%): students are encouraged to actively participate and interact with the speakers and with their fellow classmates. Asking questions, clarifications and showing curiosity about a topic and about the lecture will easily get you full credit.

Required reading

  • OECD, Making Reform Happen, Lessons from OECD Countries, OECD Publishing, 2010 (
  • OECD, The Political Economy of Reform Lessons from Pensions Product Markets and Labour Market in Ten OECD Countries, OECD Publishing, 2009 (
  • OECD, “Policy Complementarities and Growth”, OECD/CESifo/Ifo Workshop, 2010 (
  • OECD, “Peer Review: a Tool for co-operation and Change: An Analysis of an OECD Working Method”, SG/LEG, 2002. (