The policy process: Climate policy

This course offers an introduction to the policy process and core concepts of policy analysis and how this applies to climate policy. Climate change has been characterised as the “greatest market failure that the world has seen” (Nicholas Stern). Efforts at crafting policy responses are being made at multiple levels of governance. These measures cut across and affect a wide range of traditional policy fields and are still relatively new. What is on the agenda and on the cutting edge? How has the climate change problem moved from the fringe to center stage of policy agendas over the past few decades? What tools are available to governments and what are key response options for mitigating climate change? What social conflicts and power struggles are unfolding at different levels of governance? How can we understand policy stability and change and what are actionable intervention points for different groups of actors?

The first section of the course examines key elements of the so-called policy cycle. It introduces key concepts for understanding policy processes and applied (non-formal) economic policy analysis, thereby complementing the Econ I class. The second section examines international and multi-level policymaking and the role of expertise in policy analysis. Students will apply concepts taught in this course in group projects analysing climate policy cases.

This course is open to 1st year MPP students only.