This topic introduces you to public policy as both an academic discipline and as a field of practice. You will examine key models and frameworks for public policy-making, including the 'policy cycle' and 'garbage-can' ideas. You will also examine issues and problems encountered at the main stages or steps in the public policy-making process and explore how policy problems are defined and policy agendas are set. The theory and practice of policy analysis and a number of issues surrounding the implementation, delivery and evaluation of public policy will also be explored. Policy examples are used to illustrate the influence of policy concepts and theories in real world settings.
This topic aims to develop a critical understanding of:
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