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Applying an Implementation Lens
Balanced Scorecard as a Strategy for Performance Improvement
Building Coalitions
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Defining Policy Problems and Policy Making Under Pressure
Developing Networks for Improvement
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Learning as a Performance Strategy
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Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
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Public Services in the Age of Restraint - new public service delivery models and the quest to do better with less
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Recent Trends from Comparative Public Administration
Rules vs. Discretion
The Crisis of “Governability” (1970s) and its Effects
The Meaning of Strategy in Public Management
The Role of Leadership in Strategy and Implementation
The Role of the Board and Strategic Governance in Third Sector Organizations
The Shift to Public Governance
Theories of Human Motivation and Decision Making: Rational Choice
Working in Teams


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

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, last edited 3 July, 2013


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