Cours 2021-2022

Public Policy Analysis [EPOLB211]

  • 5 crédits
  • 30h+15h
  • 2e quadrimestre
Langue d'enseignement: Anglais / English
Enseignant: Dodeigne Jérémy

Acquis d'apprentissage

By the end of this course, students should be able to identify the following elements of policy-making:

  1. The reasons for developing a policy;
  2. The components of a policy;
  3. The actors involved;
  4. The issues at stakes;
  5. The processes of policy-making;
  6. The reasonof success/failure of a policy.


This course aims at providing students with the fundamental analytical tools in order to analysis a public policy. The first part of the course introduces students to the concepts and theories of policy-making. In the second part of the course, students apply these concepts and theories to real case-studies of public policies designed and implemented at local, regional, national or European levels. At the end of the course, students present a final report of public policy analysis.



Part I: Concepts and theories of public policy analysis: Sequential and cycle models; Problem emergence & Agenda setting; Policy programming & Decision; Policy implementation & Evaluation; Actors in multilevel systems of actions, actors' resources, representations and interest; Theories explaining changes.

Part II: Field Work: Case studies of public policies: Documentary & thematic analysis; Triangle of actors; Interviews with stake-holders and decision-makers; Conceptual developments; Final analysis of the public policies.




Enseignement des sciences sociales


Anglais 1 (niveau B1+) [EELVB190] et Science politique [EPICB160]

Méthodes d'enseignement

The teaching method combines the added-value of lectures (introducing students to fundamental concepts and theories of policy-making) with real case-studies conducted by the students (the course is thus strongly built upon the principle of “Learning by doing”). Students apply concepts and theoretical models to an empirical analysis of a public policy of their choice (in coordination with the professor). Regular meetings are organized with the professor to receive comprehensive feedbacks throughout the semester before the final submission of their public policy analysis. Therefore, the organization of the course largely relies on the regular students’ participation and commitment to field work (including interviews with stake-holders and decision-makersunder the supervision of the professor). 

Mode d'évaluation

-Final report of the public policy analysis (60%)

-Collective written and oral presentations (40%)

Sources, références et supports éventuels

-Peter Knoepfel, Corinne Larrue, Frederic Varone, Michael Hill, Public Policy Analysis, Bristol: Policy Press, 2007.

-Patrick Hassenteufel. Sociologie de l’action publique, Paris: Armand Colin, 2ndEdition, 2011.

 + Articles and book chapters available on the reading list uploaded on WebCampus.

Langue d'enseignement

Anglais / English

Lieu de l'activité


Faculté organisatrice

Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et de gestion
Rue de Bruxelles, 61
5000 NAMUR


Etudes de 1er cycle