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University College Dublin: Comparative Public Policy

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department School of Social Justice
Web www.ucd.ie/global
Email graduatestudies@ucd.ie
Telephone 00353 1 716 4043
Study type Taught

Summary

This seminar course explores a range of concepts, theories and findings in public policy research with a view to understanding similarities and differences in policies across advanced industrial societies. In doing so, it deals with issues of definition, classification and measurement. What is policy? What is the difference between policy outputs and policy outcomes? How can they be measured? How can we distinguish types of policy and is it useful to do so?

We also examine existing research that seeks to explain policy outputs and policy outcomes. Why do some countries respond differently to similar problems? What does the policy making process look like? Which factors influence policy making? Do policy actors like parties and interest groups matter? Do interests or ideas matter? Do policy makers undergo a learning process? Do they learn from one another's experiences?

We will use discussion of these fundamental questions as a platform to explore substantive policy areas. The course is centred on weekly reading and participation in class. It places a strong emphasis on recent research.

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University College Dublin

 


Why UCD?
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2022 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 173 in the world. We were also named the University of the Year 2020 by the Sunday Times Good University Guide.

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 34,000 students with some 8,500 international students drawn from 130 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 9,000 graduate students; almost …

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