This module aims to provide students with a strong foundation in the theoretical frameworks associated with comparative policy analysis, the comparative methodology involved, as well as the lessons that can be learned from emerging economies. The first half of the course will focus more on learning what comparative public policy is, the theories associated with this kind of approach as well as the method for selecting and comparing case studies. Towards the end of the course, students will read several case study examples from emerging economies in Latin America, South East Asia, Africa, and to what extent the theoretical frameworks learned in the course do - or do not - help to explain and predict policy outcomes. We will close the course by discussing the extent to which policy implementation and designs matter in explaining policy outcomes as well as how and if formal and informal institutions matter in the emerging economies.
Eduardo J Gomez
Module assessment - more information
1 x 4,000 word essay