The Question For The Plan
• Plane 500 words
• The major component of the assessment for the topic is an analytical essay in which you examine two public policy case studies in the light of models, concepts and theories about public policy covered in the topic. The case studies can be chosen either broadly or more specifically for example, at the broad level, trade, housing, welfare, education or health policy in different jurisdictions, or, at the more specific level, issues like the impact of free- trade policy in particular economic sectors; social inclusion policy and its impact in different policy arenas; or questions of payment and fees for higher education in different countries.
• The essential task is for you to analyse the differences between the two case studies in the light of ideas and debates about one of the broad dimensions of public policy covered in the curriculum. These dimensions include for example:
? explanations of agenda setting in public policy;
? issues surrounding policy coordination;
? different approaches to policy analysis;
? perspectives on policy implementation;
? issues in the choice of policy instruments; or
? issues in decision making.
• An examination and analysis of the differences between the case studies in light of debates about the chosen dimension is required.
• In undertaking your analysis, you will need to make some careful decisions in the choice of policy case studies and the broad dimension being examined to ensure a manageable and coherent focus for the essay. To facilitate this, a short plan for your essay should be submitted by Friday, 2 May. The essay plan doesnt have to be a formal essay with full elaboration and referencing. Nevertheless, it should present a careful outline of your choice of policy issues to compare and what public policy concepts and theories you will 16 examine in your analysis. You will be given informal feedback on the plan.