Policy Making in Complex Environments

Professors: O'Mahony, Crosby
Units: 1.0
Core Course

This course will provide students with an understanding of the context and reality of public policy making and implementation. It will focus on two questions: (1) How can stakeholders, such as government officials, civil society, and market actors affect change in complex environments? and (2) Why do government institutions behave the way they do?

The course will examine how organizational characteristics (such as mission, organization, resources, personnel and culture) structure: (a) the influences, incentives and behavior of government institutions; (b) the possibility for leadership in public policy making; and (c) the reality of implementation.