The course has the objective to supply methodological instruments and theoretical foundations of the policy analysis. Furthermore, it addressed the basic concepts of the science of administration and the fundamental elements of the organization and functioning of public administrations. The main administrative reform strategies will be examined.
The course is expected to build the capacity of analyze and explain the public policy dynamic particularly in the field of the administrative reforms.
The first part introduces the fundamental concepts of public policies analyses. The lessons will be based on an alternation of conceptual tools, case studies and practice exercises. The items are: public policy definition; the decisional process; the actors; the cycle of life; the typology of public policies; the implementation; the evaluation (36 hours).
The second part is focused on administrative reforms, putting under the lens not only the laws, but even actors, processes and implementation of these laws. The neo-institutional perspective will pinpoint the role played by the path dependence in determining the organization and functioning of the bureaucracies (36 hours).
The interactive approach adopted, grounding on theoretical and methodological tools, will take the students to assess some administrative policies, exposing and discussing their own points of view. The items are: The politico-administrative relationship; The relationship between citizens and bureaucracies; The reorganization and simplification framework; The administrative reform implementation; The output of the administrative reforms; The influence of the time.
Bruno Dente, Le decisioni di policy. Come si prendono, come si studiano, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011.
Alessandro Natalini, Il tempo delle riforme amministrative Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006.
Evaluation of the level of understanding in the classroom during student presentations and exams given throughout the course. Final written (3 open questions in 2 hours) and oral examinations (3 open questions in 30 minutes). The exams involve an evaluation which is expressed as a grade of out of 30. An exam is deemed to be passed successfully if the final grade is equal to or higher than 18/30. In the event of a full grade (30/30), the Examination Board may grant honours (lode).