The State and Public Policies

Course Information
TitleΚράτος και Δημόσιες Πολιτικές / The State and Public Policies
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID100001778

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, studens will: -aquire a comperhensive view of the methodological problems and dilemmas accompanying public policy formulation and implementation -recognise and assess the thematic and political linkages underpinning the actions of public actors in a globalized environment and in the context of the European Union - be able to follow and/ or evaluate specific public policies and/or actions in a consistent and theortically informed manner
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the mechanisms of state action from the perspective of public policy analysis. Τheo course is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to theory. More precisely, the main theoretical approaches of the formulation, implementation, evaluation and change of public policies at supranational, national and subnational level, are examined. Particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of neoinstitutionalist approaches (rational choice, historical, sociological), as well as on the discussion of the impact of globalisation and Europeanisation. In the second part, the course focuses on the sudy of public policy in Greece. First, the main views and assumptions presented in the litterature on Greece are discussed. The final step is the study of two distinct cases: a) national and regional development pοlicies and b) social and employment policy (and the crisis of the Greek welfare state in particular). Course modules First part: theory 1.Introduction: main concepts 2.Public policy as a political process – main theories 3.Theoretical approaches of public administration 4.The neoinstitutionalist approach of public policy 5.Τhe public policy cycle: a) agenda-setting, b) policy formulation, c) decision-making, d) policy implementation, e) policy evaluation 6.Reformist tendencies in the field of public policy 7.Exogenous factors: globalisation and Europeanisation Second part: public policy in Greece 8.The Europeanisation of public policy in Greece 9.A neoinstitutionalist anaylsis of public pocies in Greece 10.Case study: national and regional development policies in Greece 11.Case study: the welfare state and social policy in Greece
public policies, new institutionalism, europeanization, reforms
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment762.8
Written assigments1184.3
Student Assessment
Students participaite actively in the lectures and make individual presentations on topics chosen from the subjexts exposed in the second part (public polites in Greece); at the end of the semester, they submit individual written papers on the topics they have undertaken. Students' performance is evaluated on the basis of their participation and their presentation (30%), as well as on the basiis of their final paper (70%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
-Ανδρέου, Γ. (επιμ.). (2013), 'Θεσμοί, Δημόσιες Πολιτικές και Μεταρρυθμίσεις στην Ελλάδα' (Ειδικό Αφιέρωμα), Ελληνική Επιθεώρηση Πολιτικής Επιστήμης, τχ. 40, σ. 5 -137. -Featherstone, K. (επιμ.) (2007), Πολιτική στην Ελλάδα: η Πρόκληση του Εκσυγχρονισμού, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ. -Featherstone, K. και Δ. Παπαδημητρίου (2010), Τα όρια του εξευρωπαϊσμού. Δημόσια πολιτική και μεταρρυθμίσεις στην Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ. -Λαδή, Σ. και Β. Νταλάκου (2016), Ανάλυση δημόσιας πολιτικής (2η έκδοση), Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση ΑΕBΕ. -Λιαργκόβας, Π. και Γ. Ανδρέου (2007), Η Νέα Πολιτική Συνοχής της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και η Ελλάδα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση ΑΕBΕ. -Ματσαγγάνης, Μ. (2011), Η κοινωνική πολιτική σε δύσκολους καιρούς, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κριτική ΑΕ. -Σπανού, Κ. (2001), Ελληνική Διοίκηση και Ευρωπαϊκή Ολοκλήρωση, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση ΑΕBΕ. -Surel, Y. και P. Muller (2002), Ανάλυση των Πολιτικών του Κράτους, Ανάλυση των Δημόσιων Πολιτικών, Αθήνα: Γ. Δαρδανός - Κ. Δαρδανός Ο.Ε.
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