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KAFP 3175 - Governance, Democracy and Public Policy : analytic approaches to public policy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The module provides students with a general introduction to public policy-making and public policy analysis. It is organised in three sections. In the first of these, students will be introduced to the core approaches to and concepts of public policy analysis. The second section of the module is concerned with public policy dynamics - how public policy change occurs and how we might evaluate the success or failure of such change. A consistent theme is the evaluation of public policy and how such evaluation (and the policy learning it prompts) feeds into the evolution of policy over time. The third section of the module is concerned with the influence on the form and content of public policy of the changing context(s) in which it takes place today. Particular emphasis is placed on the influence of distrust in political elites, globalisation, austerity and the difficulties of designing and evaluating policy choices in a context of risk, uncertainty and crisis.


  • EVRARD, Zoé (Teaching assistant, Doctorante)
  • HAY, Colin (Professeur des universités, CEE)

Pedagogical format


Course validation

One 1200 word book or article review (midterm, 50% of the final grade) and one final essay at the end of the course (50% of the final grade)


There will be one (or, infrequently, more) required readings as preparation for each of the two hour lectures. In addition, students will be required to read more broadly around the topic in which they intend to submit their book or article review and in preparation for the written examination at the end of the course. One two-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks.

Required reading

  • Cairney, P. (2011) Understanding Public Policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Knill, C. & Tosun, J. (2012) Public Policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hay, C. (2007) Why We Hate Politics. Cambridge: Polity

Additional required reading

  • Moran, M. & Rein, M. (eds.) (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Levi-Faur, D. (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • John, P. (2012) Analysing Public Policy. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge
  • Le Grand, J. (2006) Motivation, Agency and Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hay, C., Lister, M. & Marsh, D. (eds.) The State. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Dunleavy, P. & Dryzek, J. (2009) Theories of the Democratic State. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Hay, C. & Payne, A. (2015) Civic Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity.