Public Policy Track

Track description

The Public Policy Track is based on the assumption that modern policy making, devoted to the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability and effectiveness, needs to be based on sound academic analysis of the problems and policies at stake. In this way, the track aims to attract scholars interested in conducting thorough and systematic academic work on the cause, function, nature and outcome of public policy on all levels of policy-making, whether global, regional, national, or local.

Study on the track is founded upon both quantitative and qualitative methodologies; while the track puts and emphasis on empirically driven analysis, it also encourages the consideration of normative aspects and their socio-economic contexts. The track principally aims at training academic researchers in the field of public policy; yet, scholars also learn to apply analytical tools to ‘real world’ policy problems and to generate high quality policy advice.

The faculty involved in the PhD program brings a unique set of skills and perspectives. In addition to being authoritative voices in their respective fields of research, they also have first-hand policy experience, working for think-tanks (e.g. the RAND Corporation) or businesses (e.g. Vodafone), consulting with NGOs (e.g. Open Society Institute, Transparency International) or advising national or local governments, as well as international organizations (e.g. World Bank Institute).

The Public Policy track prepares graduate students for careers in both academic and applied research institutions. Core courses focus on the development of professional level research and analytical skills in the fields of European and international public policy, comparative policy analysis and political economy.

Core curriculum

Public Policy: Theories, Traditions and Transitions (4 credits)

Public Administration (4 credits)

Research in EU integration and governance (4 credits)

Who should apply?

The department welcomes applications in fields that reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of public policy and the department’s mission to bridge policy and practice. These are, in particular,

  • European Union politics and policy, regional integration
  • Governance (local, national, European Union, global)
  • Public management and administration
  • Policy reform analysis
  • Development and trade
  • Role of civil society in public policy
  • Minorities
  • Public services and utilities (particularly media and communications, energy and higher education)
  • Economic and labor market policy
  • Political parties and public policies