The Policy Cycle
This topic explores the key steps involved in the processes of developing, implementing, assessing, and updating public policies. It looks at the processes involved and the political and bureaucratic challenges to maintaining proper processes. It examines the institutions responsible for and influential at each step.
Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will be able to describe the key bureaucratic and legislative processes through which policies are decided upon, implemented and evaluated. Students will be knowledgeable about the political and administrative obstacles that must be overcome at different stages in the policy cycle and will be able to identify the most influential actors and institutions at the different steps.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Focusing Events; Policy; Policy Development; Policy Feedback; Policy Goals; Policy Learning; Policy Statement; Policy Window; Problem Recognition; Punctuated Equilibrium; Deliberation.
NYU Wagner: CORE-GP.1022 Introduction to Public Policy
Kraft & Furlong, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis and Alternatives, 4th edition (2013). Chapter 3.
Kingdon, Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, 2nd updated edition (2011). Chapters 4-10.
Jenkins-Smith & Sabatier, "Evaluating the Advocacy Coalition Framework".
Lindblom, "The Science of ‘Muddling Through'".
Schneider and Ingram, "Social Construction of Target Populations".
Baumgartner & Jones, Agendas and Instability in American Politics, Chapters 1 & 2.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What is a policy window? Why is "the policy window" an important concept for students of public administration and practitioners to understand?
2.) What is policy feedback? What is the role of policy feedback, policy learning and the collection of performance information in the policy cycle?
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