Here is the list of blog posts that correspond to my lectures for this course. Each week, I will add a link to two posts. All going well, both posts will be here by the close of play on Monday, to help you read and prepare for Wednesday and Thursday. I will add a weblink to the text below, and you should be able to spot them (they will be blue and underlined). You can also find useful resources on other pages, such as:
You should treat most of these posts like a first step – they should prompt your interest in a topic enough to get you to go further and read the books and articles – rather than a good enough description of each topic.
These posts introduce you to key concepts in the study of public policy. They are all designed to turn a complex policymaking world into something simple enough to understand. Some of them focus on small parts of the system. Others present ambitious ways to explain the system as a whole. The wide range of concepts should give you a sense of a variety of studies out there, but my aim is to show you that these studies have common themes.