PP4G8E      Half Unit
Introduction to Public Policy (EMPA)

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Daniel Berliner


This course is compulsory on the Executive Master of Public Administration. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This module provides a foundational introduction to social-scientific inquiry, economics, and political science and their application to public policy. Topics covered include: why policymaking benefits from adopting a social-scientific approach; the policy cycle; institutions and incentives; markets and market failures; and linking theory to practical policy making.


A two-day modular teaching block.

The default mode of instruction is in-person in the classroom at LSE. Remote attendance may be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Indicative reading

Readings that are specific to each policy area will be distributed at the beginning of the course.


Essay (100%, 2000 words).

Assessment will consist of a 2,000 word essay. Essays are due on the sixth Sunday after module teaching concludes. Further details will be provided at the Executive MPA programme induction.

Student performance results

(2020/21 - 2022/23 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 20
Merit 66
Pass 11
Fail 3

Key facts

Department: School of Public Policy

Total students 2023/24: Unavailable

Average class size 2023/24: Unavailable

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills