This module aims to provide detailed analysis of policymaking in practice to supplement the theoretical training received in the core module. The object is to enrich your understanding of the nature and practicalities of the policymaking process, using British case studies, and enhance awareness of how the political environment helps to shape the policymaking process.
After a preliminary survey of the policymaking environment the module will focus each week on a detailed case study of British policymaking in practice, with an accent on topicality. You will be encouraged to discuss and evaluate current issues and the way in which policymakers are addressing them.
In the process you will acquire a detailed knowledge of the policymaking environment and process in Britain and also, to some extent, a comparative perspective on how different kinds of policymaking machinery will shape different outcomes.