School of Politics and International Relations

Theories and Concepts in Public Policy

This module introduces students to theories and concepts associated with the analysis of the contemporary policy-making process. It explores the main approaches to policy-making by firstly focusing on the rational school of public policy. After exploring the limitations of this approach, alternative perspectives are analysed. The remainder of the module is dedicated to exploring the different theoretical perspectives on key themes within the analysis of public policy including: agenda setting; networks; and institutions. By the end of the module you will have an understanding of their own position within the field. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in applying theoretical concepts to empirical work and vice versa.