EC4V8      Half Unit
MPA Policy Paper

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Patrick Dunleavy and Dr Lloyd Gruber

plus supervisors from MPA departments


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy and MPA in Public and Social Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

MPA students to write an individually-authored MPA Policy Paper on a topic developed in consultation with their MPA supervisor. Each paper analyses a concrete policy problem in a specific setting and proposes an evidence-based solution or course of amelioration. Papers cannot exceed 6,000 words and should be clearly and directly written, suitable for consideration by policy-makers.


6 hours of lectures in the MT.

Formative coursework

A title, abstract, and MPA Policy Paper proposal (of no more than 750 words in total). Students will have these items returned, with comments, within two weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

David L. Weimer and Aidan R. Vining, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, 5th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2010); Lisa Anderson, ed., Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005); Edith Stokey and Richard Zeckhauser, A Primer for Policy Analysis (Norton, 1978); Anthony E. Boardman et al., Cost-Benefit Analysis, 4th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2010); William N. Dunn, Public Policy Analysis: An Introduction, 4th ed. (Pearson, 2008); Eugene Bardach, Practical Guide for Policy Analysis, 4th ed. (CQ Press, 2011); Alec Fisher, The Logic of Real Arguments (Cambridge University Press, 1988); Charles Lindblom and David K. Cohen, Usable Knowledge: Social Science and Social Problem Solving (Yale University Press, 1979); Shahid Yusuf, Development Economics through the Decades: A Critical Look at 30 Years of the World Development Report (World Bank, 2008); Patrick Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).


Essay (100%, 6000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2012/13: 13

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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