The complexity of contemporary problems and challenges governments face has necessitated the use of innovative tools to achieve policy priorities. This course on policy tools and mixes provides students an overview of contemporary tools used by governments, how they are deployed across policy sectors, and in different countries. The course is structured around three questions a) what tools do governments use in different policy areas such as healthcare, education, energy, social protection, etc; b) how are these tools are assembled together as ‘portfolio’ or a ‘policy mix’; c) what factors determine the efficacy of policy tools and mixes. The courses uses a combination of lectures, case studies, group and plenary discussion, and guest speakers to achieve its learning outcomes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify different policy tools governments used to address contemporary challenges;
- understand why governments choose certain types of tools;
- understand what factors determine the effectiveness of different tools;
- apply frameworks developed in the course to analyse the design of a program or a policy;
- evaluate the effectiveness of program and policy design
- Tools Mapping Assessment (30) [LO 1,2]
- Policy Mix Mapping Assessment (30) [LO 3,4]
- Policy Effectiveness Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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3-day intensive format + all three assessment tasks for students enrolled in the MPA program or seeking 3-unit credit
18 contact hours plus 40-50 hours of class preparation and assessment.
Dodds, A. (2018). Comparative public policy. Macmillan International Higher Education.
Peters, B. G. (2018). Policy problems and policy design. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Howlett, M. and M. Ramesh (2009) Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems. (3 edn). Toronto: Oxford University Press
Howlett, M. (2019). The policy design primer: Choosing the right tools for the job. Routledge.
Capano, G., & Woo, J. J. (2017). Resilience and robustness in policy design: A critical appraisal. Policy Sciences, 50(3), 399-426.
Bali, Azad Singh, and M. Ramesh. "Policy capacity: A design perspective." In Routledge handbook of policy design, pp. 331-344. Routledge, 2018.
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