• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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In 2020 the in-class dates will be 8, 22 Aug; 19, 26 Sept; 17, 31 October.

This course explores and compares different forms of governing public policy observed nationally and transnationally. Recent transformations in governance at the international level is also considered, with a particular focus on the challenges of globalisation. Participants examine the processes, practices, and prospects of governing contemporary public policy, analyzing the role of various types of public and private actors across different policy domains such as finance, trade, health, and development, social protection. Drawing on academic literature and case studies participants will examine how different modes of governing (nationally and transnationally) affect the capacity of policy makers to develop and deliver effective, accountable, and legitimate public policy. Participants consider and debate the ethical dilemmas faced by policymakers in different policy contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the key debates and thinking about governing contemporary public policy;
2. synthesise macro-scale understanding of recent transformations of governance at the international level with meso-level knowledge of particular problems;
3. diagnose and manage policy processes within different governance hybrids
4. analyse the effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy of different governance arrangements observed nationally and transnationally;
5. think critically about the opportunities, challenges and ethical dilemmas faced by policymakers in different modes of governing public policy

Indicative Assessment

Reading Responses (25%)
Policy memo (50%)
Ethical dilemma presentation (25%)

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

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120 hours: 40 hours in class and the remainder in individual and group study

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Policy.

Preliminary Reading

Lester M. Salamon, “The New Governance and the Tools of Public Action: An Introduction” in Lester M. Salamon (ed.) The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 1-18.
Stephen Bell and Andrew Hindmoor, Rethinking Governance: The Centrality of the State in Modern Society, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Andrew MacIntyre, The Power of Institutions: Political Architecture and Governance (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).
Wilkinson, R. (2007) Global Governance, in Bevir (ed) SAGE Encyclopedia of Governance

Smith, A. (2003) Multi-level Governance: What it is and How it can be Studied, in Peters, B.G. and Pierre, J. (eds) SAGE Handbook of Public Administration

Imber, M. (2007) International Organisations, in Bevir (ed) SAGE Encyclopedia of Governance, 479-484

Peck, J. (2011) Global Policy Models, Globalizing Poverty Management: International Convergence of Fast-Policy Integration? Geography Compass 5/4, 165-181


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6788 01 Aug 2020 08 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 30 Nov 2020 In Person N/A

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