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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SPN1030918, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1843, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PUBLIC POLICY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: It is hoped that students already have basic knowledge of political science, administrative law, constitutional law and economica and of European policies or European politics.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides basic knowledge on major theoretical and methodological approaches in the field of policy analysis and provides technical and analytical tools to understand and analyze the origin and development of public policies and multilevel decision making processes (European, national, regional and local ). In particular, it deepened the approach of "network analysis" through the study of literature and classroom exercises using the case study method. The course also aims to focus on the relationship between networks and cooperative efficiency in policy processes: and focus on the role of institutional actors in promoting networks in order to increase efficiency ed effectiveness of public services.
Case analysis is also dedicated to explore the theme of new forms of governance of public policies through the Regulatory agencies and independent authorities in the Italian and European context. The expansion of the Regulatory State in economic and social development (antitrust, public utilities, food policy and food safety, privacy and consumer protection) will be analyzed at regional, State and European level.
Examination methods: The assessment is carried out through two classroom exercises, using the case study, and through a final test , which can be written or oral according to the number of attending students .
Assessment criteria: As the policies analysis pursues the analytical and conceptual learning but also application goals, the evaluation policy takes into account of both aspects : knowledge of theories and methods but also the ability to apply these theories and methods at the public decision making processes .
Course unit contents: The course is divided into three parts: a general part focuses on the approaches to the study of government and decision-making processes (actors, resources, rationality and stakes, types of policies).
A second part is focused on the analysis of policy processes through network analysis, that is, theories and methods of analysis of the mode of interaction between actors, the context of the decisions and strategies to foster innovation policy, meaning the ability to increase effectiveness and efficiency of public intervention and public utilities.
Finally, the last part is focused on the study of governance networks characterized by a new type of regulatory institutions: the European agencies and independent authorities. These regulatory institutions are embedded in relevant policy networks in specific areas such as: water services, food safety, protection of privacy and consumer rights , rights of the users of telecommunications services and the web , transparency and integrity in public procurement).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: As the policies analysis pursues the analytical and conceptual learning but also application goals, the evaluation policy takes into account of both aspects : knowledge of theories and methods but also the ability to apply these theories and methods at the public decision making processes .
Teaching is therefore based on interactive methods that use group work and case study .
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the book mentioned, for students attending, materials related to case studies are provided by the professor. These materials are derived from sources of different nature : institutional sources , research reports, published articles , websites. As regards the analysis of independent authorities the professor will provide a specific report comparing structure and functions of the Italian Regulatory agencies.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Dente, Bruno, Le decisioni di policy come si prendono, come si studiano. Bologna: il Mulino, 2011. altro materiale a disposizione presso la copisteria del Dipartimento Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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