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Course module: 660438-B-6
Public Policy Making
Course info
Course module660438-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; Tilburg School of Politics and Public Admin.;
Is part of
B Public Governance
B Public Governance
B Culture Studies
PM Academic Teacher in Social Studies
Convenant TLS
Minor Philosophy, Politics and Economy
Contact persondr. M.M.A.C. van Ostaijen, MSc.MA.
W. Blijleven, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
dr. M.M.A.C. van Ostaijen, MSc.MA.
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 11/01/2019 up to and including 31/07/2019
  1. Students can explain what policy, politics and governance entails, and they can describe and analyze policy processes from multiple perspectives
  2. Students can describe, apply, and contrast various (theoretical) insights related to the stages model of policy making. This includes:
    1. Agenda setting
    2. Policy formulation
    3. Policy decision making
    4. Policy implementation
    5. Policy evaluation
  3. Students can understand public policymaking from –at least- four perspectives: rational, political, cultural and institutional perspective on policymaking
  4. Students can put what they have learned into practice in an assignment, they can reflect on this experience and can apply this to the literature
Why do some issues turn into ‘a problem’ or even a policy problem’? What is public about policy, and how are policies made? Who decides on policies, and how? How are policies and, once formulated, how are they brought into practice? How can we determine if policies are effective or not? These questions are central to the course ‘public policy.’
Policy processes play a central role in all kinds of governmental organizations. Ideal-typically, a distinction is made in this respect between various phases of policy: agenda setting (how does a societal problem get on the agenda of politicians and other governmental actors), policy formulation (gaining insight into the causes and consequences of problems, as well as determining what effects policy might have), policy decision making (deciding on how a certain problem is going to be dealt with and which measures are actually taken), the implementation of the policy measures decided upon, and the evaluation of the actual effects of the measures taken (have the goals been met).
In this respect we often refer to the stages of policy making, in which the linearity of the various phases or stages leads to a rational understanding of policy making. However, there are a number of reasons why this rational linearity is often not discernable in practice. Often interaction exists between the various phases, and it can be argued that policy is made just as much in the policy implementation phase as the policy formulation phase.
In this course on Public Policy Making, we discuss public policy processes from different angles. Key theories and concepts within Public Administration and policy sciences are presented as means to understand the complexity and dynamics of the process of policy-making. Policy making is more than just setting goals and implementing certain instruments to realize those goals, while the implementation of policy entails more than putting governmental organizations to work.

Type of instruction
Tutorials/Consultation hours

Type of exams
Written exams (70%)
Assignment (30%)
Timetable information
660438-B-6|Public Policy Making
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2119-03-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 2225-06-2019
Required materials
Title:Public Policy in Action
Author:Bekkers, V. Fenger, M. Scholten, P., 2017
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing
Allison, G. (1969). Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The American Political Science Review, 63(3), 689–718. doi:10.2307/1954423
Howlett, M. et al. (2009). Why Study Public Policy. In Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles & Policy Subsystems (pp. 2–16). Oxford University Press.
Dunn, W.N. (2004). The Process of Policy Analysis. In Public Policy Analysis (pp. 2–16). Pearson Prentice Hall
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