Public Policy: Critically evaluate the stages model of the policy process.

These study skills sessions are designed to prepare students to submit a formative essay . The formative essay has been introduced in response to student demand for feedback on their work before the submission of assessed essays at the end of the first teaching block. It is intended to get you thinking about the nature of the subject you are studying, and to familiarise you with the conventions around essay writing in the School.

The essay will be marked according to the marking criteria as stated in the programme handbook. The essay should be no more than 2,000 words in length. This word limit does not include the bibliography. Additionally, you are required to cite five different academic sources in your work, and include at least two direct quotations from them. You need to cite from at least one book and at least one journal article.

Students who receive a mark below that normally awarded for a pass (50) will be required to submit another piece of work.

You will need to read in preparation for this assignment. Helpful sources include the following books, though don’t feel that you need to read all of these books, or limit your preparatory reading to them.

Cairney, P. (2012) Understanding Public Policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Hill, M. (2010) The Public Policy Process (5th ed.). London: Longman. (Previous editions of this work will also be useful.)

Hudson, J. and Lowe S. (2004) Understanding the Policy Process. Bristol: The Policy Press.

John, P. (2012) Analysing Public Policy. London: Routledge

Knill, C. and Tosun, J. (2012) Public Policy: A new introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kennett, P. (2008) Governance, Globalization and Public Policy Edward Elgar Publishing

Parsons, W. (1995) Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Stiglitz, J (2002) Globalization and its Discontents London: Allen Lane

For material from journals, you might like to browse the following list of titles and find relevant articles. Again, you don’t need to access all of them, but you must include one citation from a journal – though it doesn’t have to be from this list.

Global Governance

Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs


New Political Economy

Policy & Politics

Public Administration

Public Administration Review

Public Money and Management

Public Policy and Administration