Department of Political Science


Policy Implementation

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Dr Marc Esteve (Department of Political Science)


3,000 word essay - 100%

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About this Course

This course provides students with perspective on how policies are put into practice after being passed by legislative or executive bodies. Students begin by learning about broad, basic theories of top-down and bottom-up government, as well as the role of organisational design on the implementation of public policies.  

Additionally, we look at policy implementation from a comparative perspective and analyse how it is influenced by different types of presidential and parliamentary systems.  

From there, we examine a number of case studies in key policy areas and investigate how policy implementation is influenced by a number of factors, such as overlapping and conflicting pieces of legislation, goal coherence in agencies, agency collaboration, the presence of performance targets, the ability to observe agency outputs and outcomes, relationships with private contractors, changes in agency managers and changes in agency organisation. 

*This module is for EMPA and MPA students only.