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Introduction to Policy Analysis

This page supports the public policy analysis course (DCC5325).

▒ Syllabus & Announcement

▒ Assignment & Exam

▓ Week 1: Public Policy & Policy Analysis

Readings

  1. Weimer & Vining (2010) Chapter 2. PDF icon
  2. Class note: Public Policy PDF icon

Optional

  1. Cairney (2021). Chapter 2. PDF icon
  2. Dewey (1927)
  3. Lowi, Theodore. 1988. Foreword: New Dimensions in Policy and Politics. In Social Regulatory Policy: Moral Controversies in American Politics. Edited by Raymond Tatalovich and Byron W. Daynes, x-xxi. CO: Westview Press. PDF icon
  4. Weimer & Vining (2010) Chapter 14, 15 or Dunn (2012) Chapter 1, 2.
  5. Types of Policy Analysis (29 min) VLC icon

▓ Week 2: Art of Policy Analysis 1

Readings

  1. Landau, Martin. 1977. The Place of Policy Analysis in Political Science: Five Perspectives--The Proper Domain of Policy Analysis. American Journal of Political Science 21(2): 423-427. PDF icon
  2. Wildavsky (2018) Introduction (xxxi-lii).PDF icon
  3. Class note: Policy Analysis PDF icon

Options

  1. Guess and Farnham (2011). Chapter 2
  2. Landau, Martin, and Russell Stout, Jr. 1979. To Manage Is Not To Control: Or the Folly of Type II Errors. Public Administration Review 39(2): 148-156.
  3. Stout (1980) Chapter 1. PDF icon
  4. Aaron Wildavsky Forum on Public Policy (77 min) VLC icon

▓ Week 3: Art of Policy Analysis 2

Readings

  1. Majone (1989) Chapter 1. PDF icon
  2. Class note: Policy Analysis As Art PDF icon Pollicy Argument PDF icon

Options

  1. Cohen, Michael D., James G. March, and Johan P. Olsen. 1972. A Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice. Administrative Science Quarterly 17(1): 1-25.
  2. Kingdon, John W. 2011. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies. Boston: Longman.
  3. Rochefort and Cobb (1994). Chapter 1 and 9. PDF icon

▓ Week 4: Craft of Policy Analysis

Readings

  1. Majone (1989) Chapter 2-3. PDF icon
  2. Wildavsky (2018) Chapter 16 "Analysis as craft" PDF icon
  3. Class note: Policy Analysis As Craft PDF icon

Options

  1. Lindblom, Charles E. 1959. The Science of 'Muddling Through'. Public Administration Review 19(2): 79-88.
  2. Lindblom, Charles E. 1979. Still Muddling, Not Yet Through. Public Administration Review 39(6): 517-526.

▓ Week 5: Causality Assessment

Readings

  1. Anderson & Johnson (1997) PDF icon
  2. Weick (1979) Chapter 3 (Interdependence and organizing. pp.65-88) PDF icon
  3. Systems Thinking and Causal Loop Diagram Powerpoint icon Drawing Causal Loop Diagram Powerpoint icon
  4. Systems thinking: An introduction (42 min) VLC icon

Optional

  1. Sherwood (2002) Chapters 4, 7, and 11. PDF icon
  2. Maruyama, Magoroh. 1963. The second cybernetics: Deviation-amplifying mutual causal processes. American Scientist 51(2): 164-179.
  3. Masuch, Michael. 1985. Vicious circles in organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly 30(1): 14-33.
  4. Wender, Paul H. 1968. Vicious and virtuous circles: The role of deviation amplifying feedback in the origin and perpetuation of behavior. Psychiatry 31(4): 309-324.
  5. Causality and causal loop diagrams (31 min) VLC icon
  6. Brief intro to system dynamics and feedback, causal loop diagrams (87 min) VLC icon
  7. Brief introduction to causal loop diagrams (49 min) VLC icon
  8. Systems thinking: Help your giving great greater change (87 min) VLC icon
  9. Peter Senge: Systems thinking for a better world (60 min) VLC icon
  10. Systems thinking white boarding animation project (8 min) VLC icon
  11. Systems thinking, complexity theory and management (103 min) VLC icon

CLD & System Dynamics Software

  1. Vensim by Ventana Systems
  2. AnyLogic
  3. Powersim Studio by Powersim Software
  4. iThink | STELLA
  5. Drawing causal loop diagrams with Vensim (13 min) VLC icon
  6. Systems thinker

▓ Week 6: Basics of Cost-Benefit Analysis

Readings

  1. Krutilla, Kerry. 2005. Using the Kaldor-Hicks tableau format for cost-benefit analysis and policy evaluation. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 24(4): 864-875. PDF icon

Options

  1. Boardman, Greenberg, Vining, and Weimer (2011) Chapter 1.
  2. Boardman, Anthony, Aidan Vining, and W.G. Waters, II. 1993. Costs and Benefits Through Bureaucratic Lenses: Example of a Highway Project. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 12(3): 532-555.
  3. Gues and Farnham (2011). Chapter 6, 7.
  4. Cost benefit analysis PDF icon
  5. Cost Benefit Perspectives (9 min) VLC icon
  6. Net Present Value (NPV) (10 min) VLC icon
  7. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Shadow Prices (28 min) VLC icon

▓ Week 7: Policy Argument

Readings

  1. Majone (1989) Chapter 4-7 PDF icon
  2. Dunn (2012) Chapter 8. Developing Policy Arguments. PDF icon
  3. Class note 1 PDF icon

Options

  1. Bardach and Patashnik (2016) Part I (pp. 1-82) and Part II (pp. 83-111).
  2. Weimer & Vining (2010) Chapter 2. PDF icon

▓ Week 8: Policy Communication

Readings

  1. Dunn (2012) Chapter 9. Communicating Policy Analysis. PDF icon
  2. Majone (1989) Chapter 2 PDF icon
  3. Tables and Figures PDF icon
  4. COVID-19 (CLD)

Optional

  1. Dunn (2012) Chapter 8
  2. Bardach and Patashnik (2016) Part II (pp. 72-82)

Final Exam in week 11

▒ Policy Modeling Journals