A Teaching Topic in Strategy and Implementation
Defining Policy Problems and Policy Making Under Pressure
This teaching topic introduces students to the concept of “policy problem definition,” which the PM Atlas defines as “the act of identifying a policy problem or issue as well as some of the causal factors behind it.” This topic helps students understand what constitutes a policy problem. Students are also introduced to the specific problems associated with making sound policy decisions under pressure, from sources including global economic forces like globalization and from domestic political pressure.
Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5116)
Leslie A. Pal, Beyond Policy Analysis 4th ed. (Toronto: Nelson Education, 2010), chaps. 3.
Robert Wade (2010) “Is the Globalization Consensus Dead?” Antipode 41(S1):142-165
Colin Crouch, “Privatised Keynesianism: An Unacknowledged Policy Regime,” British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 11 (2009): 382-399.
Portes, A., and E. Vickstrom. 2011. "Diversity, Social Capital, and Cohesion." Annual Review of Sociology no. 37:461-479.
Source: PADM 5116 Syllabus, 2012
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