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Comparative Public Policy

This course surveys a range of theoretical approaches to comparative public policy. It seeks to impart a basic understanding of approaches used in comparative public policy in terms of their basic concepts and the sorts of explanation they seek to provide. It also encourages course participants to situate the different approaches in relation to one another along a number of axes (e.g., assumptions, levels of analysis, ability to explain different phenomena). At the end of the course, participants should be capable of critically discussing the merits of the different approaches, and of situating their own research within this field of competing theories. Most weeks’ readings include both s combination of purely theoretical pieces and applications of the theories to various policy fields. 783 is designed to prepare students for the MA and PhD comprehensive exams in comparative public policy, and should be taken by all students intending to write this exam.

POLSCI 783

Comparative Public Policy

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

This course surveys a range of theoretical approaches to comparative public policy. It seeks to impart a basic understanding of approaches used in comparative public policy in terms of their basic concepts and the sorts of explanation they seek to provide. It also encourages course participants to situate the different approaches in relation to one another along a number of axes (e.g., assumptions, levels of analysis, ability to explain different phenomena). At the end of the course, participants should be capable of critically discussing the merits of the different approaches, and of situating their own research within this field of competing theories. Most weeks’ readings include both s combination of purely theoretical pieces and applications of the theories to various policy fields. 783 is designed to prepare students for the MA and PhD comprehensive exams in comparative public policy, and should be taken by all students intending to write this exam.


Peter Graefe

Associate Professor