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Theories and Actors of the Policy Process

Course Code: PUBLG074

Course Tutor: Dr Peter John (Department of Political Science) and Dr Albert Weale (Department of Political Science)

Assessment: One 2 hour exam (75%) and presentation notes (25%)

Credit Value: 30

About this course

The aim of the course is to further understanding of the different actors, processes and stages involved in formulating public policies in liberal democracies, using a range of analytical approaches. The course will provide a sound account of the logic and structure of the main analytical approaches to the making and evaluation of public policy. After taking the module, you should be familiar with the main analytical approaches to the study of public policy; understand the underlying logic of each approach, and also understand how each theory can be applied to public policy processes. You should be familiar with the main criticisms applicable to each approach and be in a position to evaluate the validity of those criticisms.

This is a core module for students registered on the MSc Public Policy programme and is not available as an optional module.

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