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PADM 5115: Introduction to State and Society
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
PADM 5117: Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
PADM 5211: Canadian Intergovernmental Relations
PADM 5212: Public Policy and Civil Society - Options and Issues in Financing the Third Sector
PADM 5213: Gender and Public Policy
PADM 5214 Budgetary Policy in the Public Sector
PADM 5215 Benefit-Cost Analysis
PADM 5220 Regulation and Public Policy
PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5223: Economic Policy in Canada
PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
PADM 5272: Risk Assessment and Management
PADM 5411 Organization Theory
PADM 5412 Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector
PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
PADM 5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
PADM 5472: Managing Policy and Process in a Federal Government Policy Organization
PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
PADM 5472: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager
PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
PADM 5672: Innovation Policy
PADM 5813 The Evolution of World Bank/IMF Policy
PADM 5814 Program and Project Management
PADM 5815: Civil Society Organizations and Development
PADM 5816 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries
PADM 5818 Theories of Development


Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of public policy, decision-making, and the key elements of the policy process. The focus is in large part on Canada, but not exclusively so. The emphasis is on understanding contemporary theoretical and practical debates about public policy and public management. Readings will illustrate cutting-edge discussions in the field, but at the same time contribute to your grasp of the underlying frameworks that can help us understand the policy process. As much as possible, there will be a concerted effort to link theoretical discussions to practical concerns around policy formulation and implementation. The broad theme of the course is that the policy-making world has changed dramatically in the last decade, forcing reconsideration of the traditional tools of policy analysis and public management.

The course is a literature-based graduate seminar, and students will be expected to complete all the readings and be ready to engage in spirited but civil discussion at each class. Assignments and readings have been designed to provide the appropriate platform for strong participation and engagement.

The first part of the course emphasizes theory and the second part emphasizes applied policy analysis, but there is a balance of theory and application throughout the course since the two cannot be separated in the real world.

By the end of this part of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify key aspects and weaknesses of the analytical paradigm in policy studies
  • Understand and explain the fundamental features of the changing domestic and international context of policy-making
  • Apply new analytical skills to make sense of both the content of policy and the policy process itself
  • Outline the major challenges governments face in making policy in the new millennium

Faculty:  Alexandra Mallett (Fall 2012)

Source: At (accessed 4 April 2013)

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

  Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
  Defining Policy Problems and Policy Making Under Pressure
  Policy Design

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  How Do We Evaluate Policy?

 Strategy and Structure for Public Management

  Implementation and Policy
  Who are the Players in the Policy Process?


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