13037 Public Policy: Theory to Practice 1

Credits: 3 graduate credits in Business Administration / Administration and Public Policy or in Democracy Studies / Government and Public Policy or in Educational Administration, Policy and Leadership

Prerequisites for the MBA: Operations Research, Accounting for Managers, Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior, Financial Management, Corporate Law for Managers

Prerequisites for Democracy Studies: two of the following: Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Israeli Democracy: Selected Issues, Contemporary Democratic Theories

Prerequisites for Educational Administration: Research Methods in Education, Economic Aspects of the Education System, and either Management and Organizational Behavior or Organizational Behavior

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

Objectives: To impart basic concepts, theoretical approaches and applied models for diagnosing public policy. The course offers students the opportunity to systematically analyze varied case studies, thus deepening their knowledge of key issues in public policy in Israel.

Topics: Public policy in a democratic state, the development of the democratic state in western countries; State-society ideologies as the basis for public policy; Normative justification for state intervention in the life of individuals and society; Positivist justification for public policy; Public policy outcomes; Types of policy; Public policy between three sectors; Public policy stages; Government culture and its effect on public policy design-implementation-assessment; Public policy in Israel: judicial and institutional characteristics of Israeli democracy; Authorities and institutions that shape and influence public policy in Israel; Non-government stakeholders and their influence on public policy in Israel; Central issues in public policy in Israel; Governance crisis in Israel and application barriers.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course only in the framework of studies toward a Master's degree in Democracy Studies.

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