Lecture 1: Public Policy and Public Policy Making Process
- What is public policy?
- What is the process of policy making?
* Thomas A. Birkland, An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, Chapters 1 & 2.
* John W. Kingdon. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Chapter 1.
Case Study 1: BOT Cai Lay
* Long Thanh Airport, FSPPM Case.
* Learning by the Case Method, HKS Case Program.
Lecture 2: Public Policy and the Role of Government
- What is the role of government in the public policy making process?
- What should governments do and what should political actors do?
* Thomas A. Birkland, An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, Chapters 4 & 5.
* John W. Kingdon. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies, Chapters 2 & 3.
Case Study 2: Nike versus New Balance
* Nike versus New Balance: Trade Policy in a World of Global Value Chains, HBS Case.
The course consists of 12 classes held over eight weeks (half of the Fall Semester). A new topic will be introduced each week with one lecture and one case study. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions and draw out policy and theoretical implications as a group.
The course introduces the process of public policy making, and the role of government and other stakeholders in that process. It also introduces the students to the study of public policy, and addresses key concepts including market and market failures, the role of institutions, and equity.