Course date

6 July - 31 July, 1998
Application deadline
15 February, 1998
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Varadi

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Lance LeLoup

George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Martin Potucek

Center for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

David Greenberg

University of Maryland at Baltimore, United States of America
What is the educational goal? 
 
The fact that the term ‘public policy’ and the vocabulary of policy-making had to be invented in the local languages of the CEE region indicates the novelty of policy studies and policy analysis in the region. The purpose of this course is to increase the learning process by providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary policy analytic frameworks which draw upon a variety of social science fields. The course  will provide information, knowledge, and skills relevant to topics and courses for university programs which educate students who will work for governments, legislative bodies, and civic or business organizations.
 
Why this course? 
 
The multi-disciplinary character of public policy making has still not been incorporated into the curriculum of most CEE universities.  Even public policy programs, in which such courses should best fit, are rarely found in the region. The departmental structures existing within universities still preserve the traditional boundaries of social science disciplines and impede the emergence of the multi-disciplinary study of public policy. 
Outside the universities, political debates are often framed in ideological and historical terms, with no informed connection to contemporary realities.  Moreover, policy discussions and the evaluation of alternatives lack the depth of analysis found in countries with longer traditions of democracy.   By and large, decision makers and public administrators may lack up-to-date conceptual and analytical knowledge and the skills needed to manage effectively in a democratic, market-oriented society.  In addition, because policy analysis is fundamental in the search for alternatives, it is a departure from the prevailing conventional wisdom. 
By having courses on public policy studies and policy analysis on their curricula, CEE universities could contribute significantly to improving the capacity of formulating and implementing public policies.
 
What is the content of the course? 
The course provides: (1) a conceptual foundation of the rationales for and limitations of public policy; (2) establishes an understanding of the major characteristics of policy-making; (3) demonstrates the application of a policy-analytic framework and analytic techniques for conducting policy analysis; (4) provides practical advice about how to do policy analysis; and (5) describes techniques for evaluating public policy and programs. The length of the course is four weeks.
 
Who will benefit from this course? 
The course is primarily targeted at young faculty members of CEE universities who have already acquired the concepts and methodology of at least one of the disciplinary social sciences, such as economics, political science, sociology, law, etc. The candidate should also believe that if their students are to have a fuller understanding of policy-making, be better advisors to policy makers on public policy, engage in more informed debates, and improve their ability to predict policy outcomes, they need to apply a comprehensive policy analytic framework with strategic thinking.