Governance, Power and Public Policy
Get a thorough overview of the process of developing Australian government policy. Query the role of the public service. Shine a light on dilemmas that can arise. Draw on local examples that illustrate the complexity of the policy-making process.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- show that different theoretical lenses can be used to explain the development of public policy, and expound conflicts and agreements between different approaches
- analyse the links between information, 'facts' and judgment in explaining policy outcomes
- use intelligible argument to explicate dilemmas and issues in policy making
- undertake research within guidance against stated problems
- rehearse controversies around selected contemporary and historical issues of policy
- show abilities in written and oral form in communicating ideas, arguments and conclusions.
- Introduction; Government
- Parliament and Policy
- Policy Actors
- The Media as Policy Agenda Settlers; ideology Economics and Public Policy
- Keynes and Neo-Liberalism
- Market Failure
- Economic Policy
- Social Policy
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-POIX207-Governance, Power and Public Policy
Knowledge of the institutions of Australian government is important for the subject. Students should have studied some politics at 100 level prior to undertaking this subject.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as POIX207 Governance, Power and Public Policy.
Explore policy studies and analysis by examining the process of policy making within governmental and other organisations. Questions are raised about the state in contemporary society and the distribution of power in the stages of policy development, implementation and evaluation. The unit draws on analytical literature from a variety of sources, but its empirical content is supported mainly by Australian examples. Knowledge of the institutions of Australian government is important for the unit.
- Online/in-class (10%)
- Online Quizzes (20%)
- Research Essay (50%)
- Take-Home Exam (20%)
An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice 2nd ed.
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