In 2021 the class dates for this course are July 12, 16; August 2, 6, 13, 20
One of the central challenges in public policy is understanding and responding to the needs and interests of diverse publics. This course explores how governments and citizens tackle this challenge. Taught in an interactive mode, students in this course consider questions, such as: How do policy makers engage citizens in the policy process? How do citizens themselves seek to voice their concerns and exert influence on the policy process? What happens when their interests are mis-represented, misunderstood or ignored? What does meaningful citizen participation look like in an era of 24/7 news cycles and social media? In focusing on 'public' aspects of public policy, this course engages students in various democratic issues that surface in the public policy process. Through applied examples and case studies, students reflect on how democratic ideals, such as inclusion, participation, representation and legitimacy may be realised in contemporary governance. Practical attempts at participatory policy making will be examined and critiqued, including deliberative forums, community meetings, petitions, online engagement and social media.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas on citizen engagement and public talk in public policy
- critically engage with relevant practical and theoretical literature on the design and politics of citizen engagement and public talk in public policy
- engage and facilitate informed discussions on the practice, politics and challenges of engaging citizens in public policy
- critically analyse participatory forms of policy making drawing connections between theory and practice
- demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy
- Comparative paper (25) [LO null]
- Case Study (25) [LO null]
- Participatory Design Pitch (group mark) (15) [LO null]
- Design Report (25) [LO null]
- Active participation in class discussion (10) [LO null]
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This course is taught in intensive mode. It will involve six full days of face to face class room learning, plus time for reading course materials and undertake assessment work
Requisite and Incompatibility
None. Please consult course Wattle site for list of readings.
Fung, A. (2006). Democratizing the Policy Process. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. M. Moran, M. Rein and R. E. Goodin. Oxford, Oxford University Press.: 669-685.
Nabatchi, T., J. Gastil, G. M. Weiksner and M. Leighninger, Eds. (2012). Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement. New York, Oxford University Press.
O'Flynn, J. and J. Wanna, Eds. (2009). Collaborative Governance: A new era of public policy in Australia? Canberra, ANU EPress, http://epress.anu.edu.au/anzsog/collab_gov/pdf/w
Stewart, J. (2009). The Dilemmas of Engagement: the role of consultation in governance. Canberra, Australian New Zealand School of Government and ANU E-Press.
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