Basic courses A: Policy Processes and Institutions Required Electives

Title 6. Policy Process and Negotiation
Held by the Graduate School of : Public Policy
Number : 5112191
Instructor MATSUURA Masahiro
Schedule A1A2
/ Tue 3rd[13:00-14:45]
Language English
Credit 2
Room S.Law 305
Abstract This course provides an introductory overview of theory on public policy processes and negotiation. Its first part cultivates essential understanding of policy processes. It starts with an overview of canonical theories on policy processes, such as incrementalism, agenda setting, implementation, and bureaucracy. In each class we will also discuss about the variety of policy process depending on the cultural and institutional contexts and the role of knowledge in the policy process. This course will cover recent trends, such as policy transfer and new public management, as well. In order to put these theories in a context, the course will discuss policy-making processes, such as bureaucracy and recent reforms, in Japan as well from comparative perspective. This segment of the course is structured around pre-class readings and in-class discussions. Students are asked to present a synthesized summary of their assigned readings in the class.
The latter half of the course will provide a theoretical understanding of negotiation processes and its application to policy-making processes. It starts with an overview of negotiation theory as the foundation for the strategic management of stakeholders. Then students are asked to engage in case-based exercises to improve their communication and policy design skills.