Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy   Master of Data Science for Public Policy  

Policy advice: Organisation and actors

It is one of the truisms in public administration and policy studies that policymaking relies both on available knowledge and values and that governments across the globe receive policy advice from a wide variety of sources. Yet, while all governments receive advice, advisory channels are often less obvious, knowledge is contested and sometimes ignored. The course introduces students to recent debates and findings in the study of policy advice across a range of jurisdictions.

The course is organised into two parts: Part I will introduce key theoretical and conceptual approaches in the study of policy advice (session 1-6). Part II will explore organisational arrangements and actors in policy advice across a range of jurisdictions (including the international level) (sessions 7-12).

Main learning objectives:
At the end of the course students will have acquired:

  • A solid understanding of the core conceptual and theoretical debates in advisory scholarship
  • A firm knowledge of the advisory landscape (actors and organisations)
  • Analytical skills to analyse advisory roles across a range of various actors.

This course is for 2nd year MIA, MPP and MDS students only.



  • Thurid Hustedt , Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of Public Administration and Management