Atlas Concept Table for PADR505 Policy Making and Policy Communities

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Core concepts on the Atlas for the School of Public Administration’s course on policy making and policy communities

The table below displays Atlas core concepts that may be pertinent to PADR505, 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 calendar description at at They are drawn from 13 Atlas topics in four Atlas subjects, Policy Analysis and Process, Communication Skills, Implementation and Delivery, and Socioeconomic and Political Context. See Atlas Concept Tables for Courses for methodology and links to other concept tables.

Atlas Concept Table for PADR505
66 core concepts in policy making and policy communities, 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

Interests and the Policy Process


Interest Group

Median Voter Theorem

Collective Action

Majoritarian Democracy

Endowment Effect

Elite Theory


Ideas and the Policy Process

The Role of Ideas in Policymaking


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 Analysis and Process

Policy Instruments and Design

Typologies of Policy Instruments

Policy Design and Social Values

Expert Authority

Popular Authority

Participatory Governance

Models of Decision Making

Rational Decision Making Model

Satisficing Behaviour

Lindblom’s Incrementalism and Muddling Through

Maximizing Behaviour

Bounded Rationality


Behavioural Economics

Libertarian Paternalism

Postmodernist Critiques of Rational Decision Making

Policy Communities and Networks

Policy Community

Policy Networks

Advocacy Coalitions

Policy Communication

Symbolic Representation and Narrative

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

Cognitive Dissonance

Communication Skills




Narrative Theory

Writing to Persuade

Policy Issue Paper

Writing a Briefing Note


Implementation and Delivery

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

Socioeconomic and Political Context

The Study of the Socioeconomic Context for Politics and Policy

Public Opinion



Civil Society

Claims, Reason, and Evidence

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

Image: European Commission, Framework for Skills and Evidence-Informed Policy-Making, at, accessed 3 December 2019.