Politics for Policy

Objectives

A. Knowledge and Understanding
- Understand the concepts, processes and outcomes of public policy.
- Master the framework for policy analysis and the basic elements of policy action.
- Understand the fundamentals of political science and economics as applied to public policy.
B. Subject-Specific Skills
- Evaluate public choices, objectives, and courses of action.
- Integrate Economic and political concepts.
C. General Skills
- Tools in logical and contextual analysis as applied to the policymaking process, concepts, instruments, and outcomes.

General characterization

Code

67908

Credits

3.5

Responsible teacher

José Manuel Albuquerque Tavares

Hours

Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

English

Prerequisites

N/A

Bibliography

- Bueno de Mesquita, Ethan (2016), “Political Economy for Public Policy”, Princeton University Press
- Dixit, Avinash K. (1996), “The Making of Economic Policy: A Transaction-Cost Politics Perspective”, MIT Press
Other resources:
Case studies and video case-studies. Group exercises.

Teaching method

Teaching will be based in a class experience combining the understanding of concepts through examples and discussion
and their application to selected case studies in public policy.

Evaluation method

Assessment
The Final Exam will have a weight of 50%, a group presentation will be worth 35%, and class participation the remainder
15%. There will be no midterm exam.

Subject matter

1. CONCEPTS
Normative and Positive
Individual and Collective Action
Time
Geography
2. INSTITUTIONS AND PROCESSES
21. Incentives
Transaction Costs
Agency
Strategic Behavior
Time Inconsistency
2.2. Institutions
Citizens and Interest Groups
Bureaucracy
Regulation
Legislatures
Leadership
2.3. Support and Accountability
Information, Media and Public Policy
Elections and Public Policy
3. OUTCOMES
Performance
Redistribution
Justice

Programs

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