Public Policy Process

PAI 760, 3 credits

Public Policy Process provides an introduction to the policy process, focusing on new directions in policy process scholarship and evidence-based insights for practitioners. The course explores various roles that elected officials, public managers, nongovernmental organizations, and contractors play in public policy and how these actions affect the larger policy-making procedures. Students do not need to possess a background in public policy or the policy process.

A broad representation of policy areas is covered in this course, including social policy (e.g., education, health, employment, and training), environmental policy, and security policy. By focusing on “implementation” and the changing face of public sector governance, students will analyze the central components and key factors in the policy making process.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the central components of the policy making process;
  • identify key actor, institutional, structural, and social factors that influence the policy process;
  • exhibit a strong foundation of knowledge concerning major public policy process theories and apply these theories to study different aspects of the policy making system; and
  • exhibit ability to comprehend and synthesize academic and professional research.