Policy in 500 words

This is a new page on public policy. You can already read the series of 1000 words posts which introduce and summarise policy theories and concepts (see also 12 things to know about studying public policy and 5 images of the policy process).

The aim of this series is to focus more on getting you started with the study of public policy: why do these topics matter and why should you study them in more depth? If all goes well, they should overlap and complement the 1000 words series. I am not simply offering you the blog equivalent of 7-minute abs.

Policy in 500 Words: what is public policy and why does it matter?

Policy in 500 Words: how much does policy change?

Policy in 500 Words: Peter Hall’s policy paradigms 

Policy in 500 Words: The Policy Process

Policy in 500 Words: if the policy cycle does not exist, what do we do?

Policy in 500 words: uncertainty versus ambiguity

Policy in 500 Words: Power and Knowledge

Policy in 500 Words: Feminist Institutionalism

Policy in 500 Words: the Narrative Policy Framework

Policy in 500 Words: Multiple Streams Analysis and Policy Entrepreneurs

Policy in 500 Words: Punctuated Equilibrium Theory

Policy in 500 Words: Social Construction and Policy Design

Policy in 500 Words: applying economics to politics

Policy in 500 Words: Ecology of Games

Policy in 500 Words: the Social-Ecological Systems Framework

Policy in 500 Words: The Advocacy Coalition Framework

Policy in 500 Words: Trust

Policy in 500 words and Policy Analysis in 750 words: writing about policy 

I’m doing this series to coincide with the publication of the 2nd edition of Understanding Public Policy which is available here.

I’ve also recorded some brief podcasts, tying together multiple posts. They’ll sound a bit different from the 1000 Words podcasts because I recorded them in front of our MPP students.

On defining and measuring public policy (download):

On multi-centric policymaking (download):

On bounded rationality, power/ knowledge, the NPF and SCPD (download):

On a collection of posts, including rational choice theory, game theory, the IAD, the SES, and Ecology of Games: (download)

On the Advocacy Coalition Framework: (download)

On ‘evolutionary theory‘ as a way to connect Multiple Streams Analysis, Punctuated Equilibrium Theory, and Complexity Theory (download):

On the distinction between comprehensive/ bounded rationality and the ways in which policy actors deal with bounded rationality (based on text in Chapter 13) (download):

On the role of policymaking environments and the theories that describe them (also based on text in Chapter 13) (download)

See also: MPP Dissertation guides 2019 and 2020 |