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Core concepts and terms


Pal’s Comparison of Academic and Policy Research

Pal’s Elements of Policy Content

Pal’s Good Governance Benchmarks

Pal’s Types of Reasoning in Policy Analysis

Pal’s Aspects of Problem Definition

Pal’s Classification of Policy Instruments

Pal’s Glossary of Conceptualizing Interests in Policymaking

Panel Data

Papillon’s Mosaic of Aboriginal Governance

Pareto Efficiency

Parliament vs Congress

Parliamentary Supremacy

Participative Leadership

Participatory Governance

Partnerships and Horizontal Management

Party Discipline

Party Leader Selection and Deselection


Path Dependence

Paying Attention to Instructions and Templates

Pendulum Metaphor

Perfect Competition

Perfect Price Discrimination

Performance Audit

Performance Improvement and Performance Leadership

Performance Measurement

Performance Reporting

Performance-Related Pay

Personal Circumstances and Redistribution Preferences

Personal vs. Social Responsibility



Pfeffer’s Management BS Critique

Physical Capital and Diminishing Returns

Pigouvian Subsidy

Pigouvian Tax

Policy Advisory Systems

Policy Analysis

Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation

Policy Analysis’s Impact on Policymaking

Policy Capacity

Policy Community

Policy Consistency

Policy Crises, Policy Entrepreneurs, and Political Entrepreneurs

Policy Cycle

Policy Design

Policy Design and Social Values

Policy Feedback

Policy Images

Policy Issue Paper

Policy Lab

Policy Networks

Policy Process

Policy Window

Political (Party) Platform

Political Advocacy

Political Aide

Political Business Cycle

Political Correctness

Political Economy

Political Elites

Political Executive

Political Executive vs. Civil Service

Political Left

Political Management

Political Neutrality

Political Party

Political Right


Politics of Difference

Popular Authority


Positive (or Descriptive) vs. Normative

Positivism vs. Post-positivism (and Constructivism)

Postmodernist Critiques of Rational Decision Making

Postmodernist Policy Analysis

Power Laws, Pareto Distributions, and Performance

PowerPoint and Data Visualization

Practicing Integrative Thinking

Practicing the Presentation

Pre-speech Warm Ups

Prediction Markets




Pressman & Wildavsky’s Implementation Model

Price as Signal and Incentive

Price Ceilings

Price Controls and Communism

Price Discrimination

Price Floors

Prime Minister

Prime Minister as CEO

Prime Minister as First Among Equals

Prime Minister’s Office

Prime Ministerial Prerogatives

Primers for Polemicists – Comparing Rules from Harries and Alinsky

Principal-Agent Problem

Prisoners’ Dilemma

Private Benefit

Private Cost



Privy Council Office


Problem-Based, Project-Based, and Team-Based Learning

Procedural Fairness

Process Evaluation

Producer Surplus

Producer Theory

Producer Theory Calculus

Production Function

Production Possibility Frontier



Programs and Budgeting

Progressive Taxation

Project-based vs. Program-based Federal Involvement in Urban Affairs

Property Rights

Propitious Selection



Provincial Controls over Local Government

Provincial Ministers of Municipal Affairs

Public Administration

Public Authority

Public Choice Theory

Public Finance

Public Good

Public Interest

Public Management

Public Opinion

Public Opinion Research

Public Policy

Public Sector Innovation

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada

Public Sector Leadership and Communication

Public Service Anonymity

Public Service Commission

Public Service Transformation

Public Value

Public Value Account

Public Value Scorecard

Public-Private Partnership Models

Public-Private Partnerships


Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 30 November 2019.