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 and 12 things to know about studying public policy 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: 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
I’m doing this series to coincide with the publication of the 2
nd edition of which is Understanding Public Policy 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
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: (
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)