Postgraduate Course: Economic Issues in Public Policy (PGSP11246)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to familiarise students of public policy with relevant economic issues. The course is split into three main sections. Section 1 discusses the assumptions underlying core economic thinking and introduces students to core concepts and measures required to understand how orthodox economic approaches conceptualise people┐s motivations and behavior and subsequently how we should think of societies. Section 2 then explores how these ways of economic thinking manifest in four concrete areas of economic policy that states engage in. In section 3 we then investigate the connections between those specific issues to understand how the contemporary dominant ways of economic thinking affect states┐ economic policies in a systematic fashion.
Economic Rationales and Resources for Policy
Week 1 Efficiency verses Equity and Economists in Government
Week 2 Economic Rationales for Public Intervention
Week 3 Issues of Measurement
Week 4 Resources for Public Intervention - Macro-aspects
Week 5 Resources for Public Intervention - Micro-aspects
Government Problems with Market Solutions
Week 6 Government Policy and Individual Incentives - Policy Takers
Week 7 Government Policy and Individual Incentives - Policy Makers
Week 8 Using Market Signals in Public Services - Choice and Quasi-Markets
Week 9 Partial Privatization - Contracting Out and PPPs
Evaluating Policy and Performance
Week 10 Measuring Performance and Efficiency in Public Policy
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1000 word short essay (25% of overall grade) and 3,000 word essay (75% of overall grade)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To become familiar with the key concepts and terms used in debates around economic issues in public policy.
- To be able to develop an analytical framework for critically appraising public policy approaches in economic terms.
- To demonstrate a critical understanding of issues around measuring ┐the size of the state┐.
- To demonstrate an ability to critically appraise arguments that try to situate policies within a state-market discourse.
- To be in a position to critically discuss the application of economic theories to contemporary public policy issues.
|Barr N. (2001) The Welfare State as Piggy Bank, Oxford: OUP.|
Barr N. (2004) The Economics of the Welfare State (4th edition), Oxford: OUP.
Begg D., Fischer S. and Dornbusch R. (2003) Economics (7th edition), McGraw-Hill. (Chapters 1-3)
Davis E (1998) Public Spending, London: Penguin.
Le Grand J, Propper C and Smith S (2008) The Economics of Social Problems, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Glennerster H and Hills J (1998) The State of Welfare (2nd edition), Oxford: OUP
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jan Eichhorn
Tel: (0131 6)51 2921
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Ferguson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122
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