Universität Wien FIND

210083 SE BAK13: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2020S)

Theories of Public Policy

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 10.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 17.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 24.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
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Dienstag 21.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
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Dienstag 05.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 12.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
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Dienstag 16.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 23.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 30.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The study of public policy is concerned with how governments attempt to solve political, societal and economic problems. Thomas Dye famously defined public policy as “whatever governments choose to do or not to do”. This seminar offers an introduction to the theories and actors of the public policy process in liberal democracies. It covers a range of questions: What is public policy, and what are the problems it intends to solve? Who are the actors in the policy process? Why, and how, are certain policies chosen over others?

Policy phenomena such as responses to fears of global pandemics from influenza (flu) and other viruses, as well as the current traction of climate change activism are on the list of varied examples that will be used to explain theories of public policy. The course uses real world examples of policymaking to illustrate the explanatory power, but also the limitations, of existing theories. We will look at the question of what matters in the making of policy, for example the role of scientific evidence, financial resources, timing or bargaining power. We will also look at the question of who matters, that is the question of the relative influence of politicians, bureaucrats, the media, lobbyists, and the public over how policy decisions are made. The course begins by examining the epistemological lenses through which public policy can be viewed, such as rational choice theory and interpretivism. Within these streams, we look at a number of theories to explain real world policy puzzles.

This course is a seminar. Individual course units will begin with a presentation by the teacher. This is followed by interactive exchanges between the students and the teacher, which will include policymaking simulations, group work, and literature discussions. At the end of the semester a number of sessions are reserved for group presentations, which form a part of the formal assessment for this course.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment of this course is made up of three components, which will be weighted differently:

• A 3,000 word essay (60% of the final mark)
• A group presentation (30% of the final mark)
• Class participation (10% of the final mark)

All assessment components (Teilleistungen) have to be completed on time in order to pass the course. The overall mark is based on the individual assessment components.

Details about the assessment criteria and the individual components will be presented in the first unit of the seminar.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Please note that this course is held in English. Students must be willing and able to read and understand academic literature in English, and be able to give group presentations in English. The teacher is fluent in German and English, so short excursions in German are possible if it enhances the students’ understanding, but the majority of the course is conducted in English. Students are permitted to submit their coursework essay in English or German.

Students are not required to have previous knowledge of the public policy literature. A strong interest in current domestic and international policy problems, and a willingness to follow current events in daily news outlets, however, is advantageous for the successful completion of the course.

Regular attendance and active participation in class is a requirement for completion of this course. Attendance of all classes is a requirement for the successful completion of the course. Absences due to illness or family emergencies will be excused if a note (for example a doctors’ note) or explanation of the reason for the absence can be provided. In exceptional circumstances, such as serious or prolonged illness, that lead to the student missing more than two classes or assessment parts, the teacher will endeavour to find an alternative assessment possibility.


Content of the seminar sessions, the literature and group presentations.


The literature list for this course will be uploaded on Moodle, along with a full syllabus, a week before the start of the course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21