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RESM6023 Public Administration and Policy Analysis

Module Overview

This module uses social science theory to explore the power and structure of modern public administration and its networked relationship with other social institutions to understand the development, implementation and management of government policy.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to provide an understanding of public administration and the policy process and factors which impact upon it; • to critically evaluate the structure , function and role of government and governance • to reflect critically on the value of social science theory (including political, sociological and economic perspectives) in understanding government policy and processes • to conceptualise the relationship between different theories used in the analysis of policy and public administration

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of theoretical literature cited as relevant to our understanding of public administration and the policy process;
  • critically compare and contrast at least two theoretical approaches to the policy process, so as to sustain an argument;
  • analyse a policy process, or part of a process, with reference to theories taught in the module;
  • evaluate the implications of public administration and policy development in a global environment.

Syllabus

• Government and Political Institutions and their role in public policy • Comparative models of government and governance • The Regulatory State • The Policy Process • Deliberative Policy Analysis • Rationality and policy science • Power and the Policy Process • Theories of the state (and their relevance to evaluating policy processes) • Public Choice Theory • Policy Networks and Policy Communities • Policy Transfer • Managerialism in public policy • Theories of bureaucracy • Policy Implementation • Street Level Bureaucracy and Discretion • Policy Evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will reflect on the reading material and key theoretical concepts in lectures, workshops and small group exercises. Teaching material will be available on the student intranet. Much of the small group work and world wide web material will aim to support student's constructive use of private study and project work and these exercises will include formative assessments.

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Tutorial8
Lecture16
Completion of assessment task50
Wider reading or practice76
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Marsh, D. and Stoker, G. (2002). Theory and Methods in Political Science. 

Richards, D. and M.J. Smith (2002). Governance and Public Policy in the UK. 

Hill, M. (2005). The Public Policy Process. 

Dorey, P. (2005). Policy Making in Britain. An introduction. 

Hay, C., M, Lister and D, Marsh (2006). The State, Theoris and Issues. 

Colebach, H.K. (1998). Policy. 

Moran, M., M, Rein and Goodwin, R. E. (2006). The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy Oxford. 

Cram, L. (1997). Policy Making in the EU Conceptual lenses and the integration process. 

Hix, S. (2005). The Political System of the European Union. 

Prokhovnik, R. (ed) (2005). Making Policy, Shaping Lives Edinburgh. 

Radaelli, C. M. (1999). Technocracy in the European Union. 

Considine, M. (2004). Maiking Public Policy Institutions, Actors, Strategies. 

Dorey, P. (ed) (2005). Developments in British Public Policy. 

Hay, C. (2007). Why We Hate Politics. 

Marinetto, M. (2007). Social Theory, the State and Modern Society The state in Contemporary Social Thought. 

Kennett, P. (ed) (2008). Governance, Globalization and Public Policy. 

Jordan, A., and A Schout (2008). The Coordination of the European Union Exploring the Capacities of Networked Governance. 

Rosamond, B. (2000). Theories of European Integration. 

Cini, M. (2006). European Union Politics. 

Hill, M. and Hupe, P.L. (2009). Implementing Public Policy. 

Hill, M. (1997). The Policy Process: A Reader. 

Hudson, J, and S. Lowe (2004). Understanding the Policy Process. Analysing welfare policy and practice.. 

Wallace, W., H, Wallace and M, Pollack (Eds) (2005). Policy-Making in the European Union. 

Wiener, A., and T, Diez (2004). European Integration Theory Oxford. 

Journals. Public Policy and Administration Journal of European Public Policy Policy and Politics Policy Studies

Parsons, W. (1996). Public Policy: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis. 

Hay, C. (2002). Political Analysis a critical introduction. 

Peters, G.B. and J.Pierre (2006). Handbook of Public Policy London. 

Richardson. J (2005). European Union: Power and Policy-making. 

Savage, S.P. & Atkinson, R. (2001). Public Policy Under Blair. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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