Faculty of Arts


Policy, Knowledge and Power


The focusing question for this course is "What constitutes good policy-making"? This question is examined from four competing perspectives which emphasise technical expertise, bargaining, negotiation and brokerage between conflicting interests and advocacy, coalitions, the usage of market-like mechanisms and disciplines and models of participatory democracy applied to policy-making settings. In doing so, themes of knowledge, rationality, legitimacy and power are examined.

NB: enrolment is limited to 25 students, with selection criteria as follows: 1) admission to a postgraduate programme in Political Studies; 2) results in previous tertiary study in relevant subjects.

Availability 2012

Not taught in 2012




POLITICS 735: 15.0 points

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