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Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 054511 - POLICY ANALYSIS
Docente Vecchi Giancarlo
Cfu 4.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The main aim of the class is to familiarise the students with the theory and practice of public policy analysis, a political science sub-discipline involved in explaining and predicting the ways in which governments at all levels interact with citizens, firms and other public and private organizations in the solution of collective problems.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Students are expected: to acquire knowledge, understanding, and capability in managing the fundamentals of the theory and practice of public policy analysis.

Argomenti trattati

The core of the course regards methodologies, instruments and strategies that characterize the design process of urban and territorial projects, conceptualized as a policy design. More generally, the course focuses attention on urban and territorial innovations in a political/administrative/socio-economic context, adding to the classical design process the critical factors regarding how to analyse and use the evaluation dimensions, how to cope with decisional and implementation processes, how to use communication as a strategic tool.

The intent is to use analytic concepts and tools to improve problem solving and managing capacities for successful changes in dealing with urban and territorial problems. The analytical framework developed by policy analysts is useful to help both public and private planners in dealing with complex problems, i.e. issues in which there are different, possibly competing, points of view, lack of all the necessary resources, conflicts. 

The class will be organized as follows:

  1. Introduction: what is a public policy, the evolution of public policies and public administrations;
  2. The project design phase and the evaluation dimensions: the problem of 'problem definition' and the elaboration of a theory of change
  3. Instruments and mechanisms to sustain and enforce changes: considering the complexity of the socio-economic and political context, and the actors involved
  4. The decision making process: theories, models (rational, bounded rationality, incrementalism, garbage can), elements (the actors and their roles, resources, content of the decision, patterns of interaction, environment), strategies for successful decisions.
  5. Communication as a strategic tool: the policy narratives approach


Students are required to approach the course with an open mind, curiosity to learn new things, and a willingness to engage with the subject matter seriously and systematically. No prior knowledge is needed.

Modalità di valutazione

The class is based on lectures and group work. The students attending the class will have the possibility to participate in at least one collective exercise (developed in groups) and to present a final collective paper.

Evaluation for attending students:

  1. a written exam based on the textbooks listed below (40% of the final mark);
  2. a project work in group (45% of the final mark);
  3. active participation (lessons, exercises and seminars) is also considered for the final mark (15%).

 The non attending students will sustain a written exam (100% of the final mark) based on two textbooks:

a) Bruno Dente, Understanding Policy Decisions (see bibliography for the different editions)

b) Funnell-Rogers, Purposeful Program Theory, OR Bardach-Patashnik, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBruno Dente, Understanding Policy Decisions, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-3-319-02520-9

Compulsory text for the exam of non-attending students

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBruno Dente, Le decisioni di policy, Editore: Il Mulino, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-88-15-23242-7

In alternativa alla versione inglese - As an alternative to the english edition

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBruno Dente y Joan Subirats, Decisiones Pùblicas, Editore: Ariel, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-84-344-0996-5

In alternativa all'edizione inglese - as an alternative to the english edition

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaFunnell Sue and Rogers Patricia, Purposeful Program Theory, Editore: Jossey-Bass, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-0-470-47857-8

Compulsory for the exam of non-attending students, students can choose between this book or Bardach-Patashnik book

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaEugene Bardach - Eric M. Patashnik, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis, Editore: Sage, Anno edizione: 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4833-5946-5

Compulsory for the exam of non-attending students, students can choose between this book or Funnell-Rogers book

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 40:00 60:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese
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