10723 Public Policy 1

Credits: 6 intermediate credits in Political Science or in International Relations or in Management or in Public Policy

Prerequisites: none

Recommended: Introduction to Public Administration

Authors: David Nachmias, Ori Arbel-Ganz, Assaf Meydani

Public policy research gained momentum from the second half of the 20th century and is currently considered an independent scientific discipline. The discipline describes and studies policy models, normative and positivist approaches to policy design and implementation, types of policy, areas of policy, governance ability and patterns (government quality) and policy assessment, that often change according to regime, government, political, economic, social and even global characteristics. The importance of public policy for understanding the mutual processes between state, society and the individual grows with the increasing complexity of the characteristics of the democratic state.

The State of Israel as a case study is rich in unique characteristics as well as factors and circumstances that directly and indirectly influence the design, implementation and assessment processes of public policy, and certainly its outcomes. The course provides students with knowledge of basic concepts and theoretical and applied approaches to the analysis and examination of public policy and extends their understanding of key policy issues in Israel. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the course includes the fundamentals of political thought, sociological foundations and provides economic, political, legal, managerial and ethical perspectives.

1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.