Simona Kustec (Univerza v Ljubljani)


From 15:15
to 16:45
From 15:15
to 16:45

Course Description
The course focuses on the extensive varieties of understanding public management and policy analysis, and their discipline roles in the frameworks of formulation, implementation and evaluation of cultural policies. The course will enable students to a) theoretically understand the phases of formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies and the related policy-analytical procedures; b) understand the strengths as well as weaknesses of managerial approaches in the field of culture; c) become acquainted with the practical problems of empirical research on the processes of formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies and management; d) to get acquainted with current debates and dilemmas regarding the creation of internationally comparable variables, indicators and databases in the field of research in cultural policies and management; e) to get informed about the requirements and problems of forming units of analysis and policy advocacy in the field of cultural policies in individual nation-states and at EU level, and f) understand the role and importance of policy analysis for non-state and state actors in the field of cultural policies as well as to get acquainted with the different practices in this filed of public policy and management.

Overview of the key concepts:
1. Management theories,
2. Policy analysis "for" and "in" policy process,
3. Phases of policy process and types of policy analytical advocacies,
4. Object of the management and policy study (public policy processes, public policy actors, content and course of the individual phases of a policy process)
5. Research methods and techniques for the study of cultural policies and management,
6. The implementation of cultural policies (study of the implementation and management approaches as the process of political decision-making; implementation and management studies: variables, indicators, monitoring),
7. Evaluation of cultural policies (the study of the evaluation as the process of political evaluation, evaluation as a type of policy analytical procedure: policy objectives, values as policy evaluation fundamentals, evaluation criteria, variables, indicators, adequate research methods and techniques)
8. Governmental and non-governmental policy analytical units (e.g. think tanks) and their impact on managerial and public policy processes,
9. Problems of comparative studies in management of cultural policies and their impacts and effects (examples)
10. Current processes and problems of establishing a common methodology, infrastructure and databases for monitoring and evaluation of cultural policies at the local, national and/or European Union level.

Teaching Methods
The course includes lectures (providing the theoretical and methodological frameworks of the issues) and seminars (the application of the conceived theoretical knowledge on concrete case studies). Classroom interaction is obligatory. Students are invited to propose issues that have been raised in their country of origin, or of their special interest. A list of readings will be delivered a week before the scheduled lecture and seminar in order to actively participate at the course.

1) active participation in the class (ongoing work, preparation and presentation of the weekly seminar project works): 50 % grade;
2) mid-term and final essay: 50 % grade

Henry, Ian P. (2001): The politics of leisure policy. Issue: 2nd ed. Palgrave (selected chapters/week)
McGuigan, Jim (2004): Rethinking cultural policy. Maidenhead: Open University (selected chapters/week)
Hughes, Owen (1998): Public Management and Administration. An Introduction. Palgrave. (selected chapters/week)
Howlett, Michael, M. Ramesh, Anthony Perl (2009): (Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press (selected chapters/week)

The exact list of readings will be delivered a week before the scheduled lecture and seminar.


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