The State, Institutions and Public Policies

Course Information
TitleΚράτος Θεσμοί και Δημόσιες Πολιτικές / The State, Institutions and Public Policies
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID100001059

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course425

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: -acquire a comprehensive view of the methodological problems and dilemmas accompanying public policy formulation and implementation -recognize 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
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • 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 perspectives of new institutionalism and public policy analysis. Firstly, the main theoretical approaches of the formulation, implementation, evaluation and change of public policies at supranational, national and subnational level, are being examined. In this context, particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of neo-institutionalist approaches (rational choice, historical, sociological, discursive). The theoretical discussion is followed by the study of selected cases from two specific policy fields: a) social and employment policy (and the crisis of the Greek welfare state in particular) and b) the implementation of EU cohesion policy by the Greek system of public policy making. Course modules 1. Introduction: main concepts 2. Theoretical approaches of public administration 3. Τhe public policy cycle: a) agenda-setting, b) policy formulation, c) decision-making, d) policy implementation, e) policy evaluation 4. The new institutionalist approach - rational choice institutionalism 5. The new institutionalist approach - historical institutionalism 6. The new institutionalist approach - sociological institutionalism 7. The new institutionalist approach - discursive institutionalism 8. Reformist tendencies in the field of public policy 9. The contribution of exogenous factors in public policy reform 10. Case studies: the welfare state and social policy in Greece - development policies and regional programming in Greece
state, public administration, institutions, public policies
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment682.5
Written assigments281.0
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γ. Ανδρέου, Η νεοθεσμική προσέγγιση της πολιτικής. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κριτική, 2018. Στ. Λαδή και Β. Νταλάκου, Ανάλυση δημόσιας πολιτικής (δεύτερη έκδοση). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2016.
Additional bibliography for study
Γ. Ανδρέου (επιμ.) Θεσμοί, Δημόσιες Πολιτικές και Μεταρρυθμίσεις στην Ελλάδα (Ειδικό Αφιέρωμα). Ελληνική Επιθεώρηση Πολιτικής Επιστήμης, τχ. 40, σ. 5-137, 2013. K. Featherstone (επιμ.), Πολιτική στην Ελλάδα: η Πρόκληση του Εκσυγχρονισμού. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2007. K.Featherstone και Δ. Παπαδημητρίου, Τα όρια του εξευρωπαϊσμού. Δημόσια πολιτική και μεταρρυθμίσεις στην Ελλάδα. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2010. Π. Λιαργκόβας και Γ. Ανδρέου, Η Νέα Πολιτική Συνοχής της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και η Ελλάδα. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2007. A. Πασσάς, Η Εθνική Δημόσια Διοίκηση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωσιακή Πολιτική Διαδικασία. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2012. Y. Surel, και P. Muller, Ανάλυση των Πολιτικών του Κράτους, Ανάλυση των Δημόσιων Πολιτικών. Αθήνα: Γ. Δαρδανός - Κ. Δαρδανός, 2002.
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