Course Overview

Public policies are intended decisions that address policy issues and translate political values into collective action. This course will cover the process by which public policies are debated, formulated, implemented, and evaluated is highly complex and fluid. Students will learn the fundamentals of U.S. government system, policy actors and political institutions that influence policymaking, the processes by which policies are framed, debated, decided, implemented, changed, and diffused, and the process in which actors collaborate and achieve collective goals. This course also discuss policy process frameworks and theories, such as multiple streams, the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), Institutional Collective Action (ICA) Framework, Punctuated Equilibrium Theory (PET), diffusion theories, and others.

Syllabus [2020 Spring]


Text and Materials

  • Birkland, T. A. 2019. An introduction to the policy process. Routledge.

  • Sabatier, P. A., & Weible, C. M. 2014. Theories of the policy process. Westview Press.

Course Schedule

Module Topic
1 Introduction and course assignment
2 Public value and the Constitution
3 Introducing public policy process
4 Policy actors and Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF)
5 Agenda setting and Multiple Streams
6 Policy targets and Narrative Policy Framework (NPF)
7 Collective action and collective action frameworks (IAD & ICA)
8 Policy learning and policy change Punctuated Equilibrium Theory (PET)
9 Use of policy process theory in policy analysis
10 Final paper