Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM003M: Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services MPA ONLY

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephen Greasley (Lecturer)


This module is for students on the MPA programme only



Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore the different traditions and theories of policy analysis and the importance of using theoretical frameworks for the analysis and understanding of governance and policy-making. The module will introduce you to case studies of policy success and failure and help you to draw lessons from them. You will also explore what is meant by the term, 'the public sector', and the way in which policy making within the public sector is necessarily different to the approaches adopted in private sector organisations. The module will seek to examine how complex structures and institutions can be explained in ways which are meaningful and have an academic and practitioner relevance beyond the borders of the state where they are located.

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