Policy Process

… a core concept used in Policy Analysis and Process and Atlas101

Concept description

The term policy process is perhaps best understood from descriptions of courses bearing that name such as Toronto PPG1001 that refers to understanding “the connection between politics and public policy by making sense of the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and the political forces at work throughout the policy process.”

The full description of PPG1001 – The Policy Process is:

“This core course in the MPP program aims to help students understand the connection between politics and public policy by making sense of the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and the political forces at work throughout the policy process. The course proceeds in two parts. First, students explore foundational theories of policy making that seek to capture the role of organized interests, the importance of political institutions, and the influence of ideas and ideology. Part two builds on this theoretical foundation by focusing on each specific “stage” of the policy process, investigating how policy issues emerge, agendas are set, programs designed and implemented, and outcomes evaluated. Particular attention is paid to how well theories of human motivation and rational decision making apply to real-world experiences in public policy”.

Source

University of Toronto MPP course description for PPG1001 – The Policy Process at http://publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/ppg-1001h-the-policy-process/, accessed 21 May 2018.

Atlas topic, subject, and course

The Study of Policy Analysis and Process (core topic) in Policy Analysis and Process and Atlas101.

Page created by: Alec Wreford and Ian Clark, last modified 21 March 2018.

Image: Photoshopped from University of Toronto MPP course description for PPG1001 – The Policy Process at http://publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/ppg-1001h-the-policy-process/, accessed 21 May 2018.