The purpose of this course is to provide students with a first understanding of the competing approaches to the policy analysis.
The course is organized in four parts:
1. Introduction to the main concepts and issues
2. Presentation of a map that explains the analytical differences between different methods
3. The prescriptive approaches to the policy analysis based on an 'economic' rationality
4. The prescriptive approaches based on an 'sociological' logic
The course also includes a laboratory devoted to verify the practical use of these theoretical models. In this final exercise, students have the opportunity to develop their own expertise over selected policy areas.

Required readings:
From Frank Fischer, Gerald J. Miller and Mara S. Sidney eds. Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory,. Politics and Methods, ed.. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2007. (you can find a free digital version at
Chapter 4  Theories of the Policy Cycle, Werner Jann and Kai Wegrich
Chapter 5  Agenda Setting in Public Policy, Thomas A. Birkland
Chapter 6  Policy Formulation: Design and Tools, Mara S. Sidney
Chapter 7  Implementing Public Policy, Helga Pülzl and Oliver Treib
Chapter 11  Public Policy Analysis and Think Tanks, Diane Stone
Chapter 23  Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis, Kaifeng Yang
Chapter 25  Social Experiments and Public Policy, Caroline Danielson
Chapter 26  Policy Evaluation and Evaluation Research, Hellmut Wollmann
Chapter 28  Qualitative Research and Public Policy, Alan R. Sadovnik
Chapter 29  Interpretation and Intention in Policy Analysis, Henk Wagenaar
Chapter 30  Context-Sensitive Policy Methods, Susan E. Clarke