Policy Skills: Strategic Management, Policy Analysis, and Lesson-Drawing

Professor Rainer Kattel
Research fellow Veiko Lember

Contemporary governments and policy makers often face highly complex task of designing long-term strategic policies within the framework of annual budget-making process that is necessarily geared towards short-term political gains and goals. Innovation and technology development are almost by definition policy areas were impact of policies  lies in a more or less distant future. In order to design in such situation policies that perform well and actually attain desired goals, policy analysis, lesson-drawing and strategic management play key roles. This class is designed to address the “how”, rather than the “what”, of successful policy analysis and design, strategic management and lesson-drawing.

Henry Mintzberg, The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning, Harvard, 1994.
Allen Schick, The Performing State: Reflection on an Idea Whose Time Has Come but Whose Implementation Has Not, OECD Journal on Budgeting, 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 2, 71-103.
David P. Dolowitz and David Marsh, Learning from Abroad: The Role of Policy Transfer in Contemporary Policy-Making, Governance 13(1): 5-24, 2000.
Mark Evans and Jonathan Davies, Understanding Policy Transfer: A Multi-Level, Multi-Disciplinary Perspective,  Public Administration 77(2): 361-385, 1999.
Oliver James and Martin Lodge, The Limitations of ‘Policy Transfer’ and ‘Lesson Drawing’ for Public Policy Research, Political Studies Review (1): 179-193, 2003.

Credits: 3
Grade: Yes
Mandatory: Yes