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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colebach, H.K. (1998). Policy. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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