Atlas Concept Table for ADMN556 The Public Policy Process

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Core concepts on the School of Public Administration’s course on the public policy process

The table below displays Atlas core concepts that may be pertinent to ADMN556, a first-year required course in the On Campus MPA program at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration. The concepts have been selected by the Atlas editors on the basis of the draft syllabus at ADMN556 The Public Policy Process. The 112 selected concepts are drawn from 18 Atlas topics: 9 from Policy Analysis and Process, 4 from Implementation and Delivery, and the balance from 3 other Atlas subjects. See Atlas Concept Tables for Courses for methodology and links to other concept tables.

Atlas Concept Table for ADMN556
112 core concepts in the policy process, organized by Atlas subject and topic

Policy Analysis and Process

The Study of Policy Analysis and Process

Policy Analysis

Policy Design

Public Policy

Policy Consistency

Lasswell’s Policy Sciences

Median Voter Theorem

Pal’s Elements of Policy Content

Pal’s Types of Reasoning in Policy Analysis

Positivism vs. Post-positivism (and Constructivism)

Policy Analysis’s Impact on Policymaking

Interests and the Policy Process

Pal’s Glossary of Conceptualizing Interests in Policymaking

Interests

Interest Group

Median Voter Theorem

Collective Action

Majoritarian Democracy

Endowment Effect

Elite Theory

Stakeholders

Ideas and the Policy Process

The Role of Ideas in Policymaking

Utilitarianism

Political Left

Political Right

Institutions and the Policy Process

Homo Economicus

Social Norms

Policy Feedback

Problem Definition and Agenda Setting

Issue Framing

Policy Crises, Policy Entrepreneurs, and Political Entrepreneurs

Focusing Event

Path Dependence

Policy Images

Policy Window

Political (Party) Platform

Political Business Cycle

Agenda Setting and Media Bias

Convergence Theory

Policy Instruments and Design

Typologies of Policy Instruments

Pal’s Classification of Policy Instruments

Policy Design and Social Values

Decline of Deference

Skogstad’s Four Competing Models of Authority

Expert Authority

Popular Authority

Participatory Governance

Policy Analysis and Process

Models of Decision Making

Rational Decision Making Model

Satisficing Behaviour

Lindblom’s Incrementalism and Muddling Through

Maximizing Behaviour

Bounded Rationality

Heuristics

Behavioural Economics

Libertarian Paternalism

Postmodernist Critiques of Rational Decision Making

P-Hacking

Evaluation and the Policy Cycle

Formative Evaluation

Judicial Evaluation Model

Broken Windows Theory

Policy Communication

Symbolic Representation and Narrative

Dunn’s Four-stage Process of Communicating Policy-relevant Knowledge

Cognitive Dissonance

Policy Communities and Networks

Policy Community

Policy Networks

Advocacy Coalitions

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

The Study of Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation

Contrasting Purposes of Evaluation

Categories of Program Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Efficiency Evaluation

Impact Evaluation

Cost-Benefit Analysis in Evaluation

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Governance and Institutions

Organizational Design and Behaviour

Weber’s Theory of Bureaucracy

Public Choice Theory

Modernizing Government

Networked Governance

New Public Management

Communication Skills

Persuading

Reciprocity

Salience

Narrative Theory

Writing to Persuade

Policy Issue Paper

Writing a Briefing Note

Implementation and Delivery

The Study of Implementation and Delivery

Pressman & Wildavsky’s Implementation Model

Bardach’s Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Hogwood & Gunn’s Elements for Successful Implementation

Principal-Agent Problem

Public Choice Theory

Allison’s Three Models of Government Action

Downs’ Typology of Officials

Strategic Management in the Public Sector

Strategy

Strategic Public Management

Leonard’s Note on Public Sector Strategy-Building

Kennedy School’s Value-Capacity-Support Model

Public Value

Political Management

Operational Management

Public Authority

Moore’s Strategic Triangle

Public Value Account

Public Value Scorecard

Moore’s Legitimacy and Support Perspective

Moore’s Operational Capacity Perspective

Designing the Delivery Model

Doing Nothing as a Policy Instrument

Using Information-Based Policy Instruments

Using Expenditure-Based Policy Instruments

Using Taxation-Based Policy Instruments

Using Regulation-Based Policy Instruments

Using Direct Provision as a Policy Instrument

Implementing through Partners and Networks

Using Partnership as a Policy Instrument

Kernaghan’s Classification of Partnerships

Public-Private Partnership Models

Using Internationalization as a Policy Instrument

Using Procedural and Institutional Policy Instruments

Network Targets

Relating the week-by-week course outline to Atlas topics

Another way to present Atlas resources that are relevant to a course is to identify the most pertinent Atlas topics for each seminar topic. This is done in the table below, which is reproduced from the course page ADMN556 The Public Policy Process.

Week-by-week course outline for ADM556 with related Atlas topics
Unit Primary Atlas Topic Secondary Atlas Topic
1. Introduction – What is Public Policy? The Study of Policy Analysis and Process The Study of Implementation and Delivery
2. What is Policy Success? Goals, Objectives & Values The Study of Policy Analysis and Process Recognizing Values
3. Policy Research, Advice and Briefs Policy Communication Consulting and Communicating on Policy
4. Navigating the Policy Cycle – Aspiration, Heuristic or Competency Framework? The Study of Policy Analysis and Process Securing Legal Authority and Budgetary Resources
5. Defining Policy Problems & Identifying Stakeholders Problem Definition and Agenda Setting Interests and the Policy Process
6. Mapping Policy Communities – Advocacy Coalitions, Networks, Partnerships Policy Communities and Networks Implementing through Partners and Networks
7. Anticipating the Dynamics of Policy-Making – Looking Forward and Backwards Models of Decision Making Institutions and the Policy Process
8. Design – Instruments, Mixes, Co-Production Policy Instruments and Design Designing the Delivery Model
9. Implementation Strategies & Pathways Strategic Management in the Public Sector Strategizing
10. Performance Reporting, Evaluation & Deliverology Organizing and Measuring for Performance Evaluation and the Policy Cycle
11. Engaging Citizens & Other Stakeholders Consulting and Communicating on Policy Ideas and the Policy Process
12. Coming Full Circle (or ‘Policy Cycling’ Back)

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 9 December 2019.

Image: Daniel J Mallinson, Ph.D., PUBPL 304: Public Policy Analysis, at https://djmallinson.wordpress.com/current-courses/pubpl-304/, accessed 3 December 2019.