Course date

10 July - 4 August, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Varadi

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Geert Bouckaert

Political Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Tony Bovaird

Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Gyula Gulyas

Corvinus University of Budapest, Public Policy and Management Center for Public Affairs Studies, Budapest, Hungary

Gyorgy Jenei

Public Policy and Management Center for Public Affairs Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Martin Potucek

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

Jeffrey Straussman

Department of Public Administration, Syracuse University, United States of America
The very fact that the term 'public policy' and the vocabulary of policy-making have to be newly invented in the local languages of the CEE region indicates the novelty of policy studies and policy analysis in the region. At the core of political decision making and the successful implementation of public policies (public administration activities) there is a fine tuned, 'right' balance between competing social, political and economic values. The course will enable participants from the CEE region face the challenge of introducing public policy courses and programs that educate students to become competent professionals in governmental and other public sector positions. 
Objectives include: 
  • provide an understanding of the complexities of policy-making, policy analysis and implementation through multi-disciplinary analytic frameworks which draw upon a variety of social science fields; 
  • offer information, knowledge, and skills on the processes, analyses, implementation, and evaluation of public policies to assist development of new courses that will educate students to work in governments, legislative bodies, and civic or business organizations; 
  • demonstrate how the theories of social, political, and economic values play their roles in policy making in order to use the concepts and practices of policy analysis that can lead to successful implementation and delivery; 
  • learn about the recent trends in the practice of public management in Western democracies, acquire usable knowledge of the evaluation of impacts and outcomes, and learn the measurement of the performance of public sector organizations; 
  • equip the participants with practical skills and knowledge for developing policy proposals and managing public organizations.
Course level, target audience 
The course does not require prior study of policy-making. A prospective participant should have studied a social science discipline (e.g., economics, political science, sociology, law, etc.). Preference will be given to participants who are able to demonstrate their teaching and/or research experience in one of the empirically-oriented social science disciplines and/or economics. Building on the respective knowledge and skills of the participants the course is going to be offered on an advanced level both in terms of its comprehensiveness and in-depth analytic techniques and skills.