An analysis of disputed implementation processes
A public policy is made up of the body of collective decisions and actions taken by politico-administrative actors to resolve a public problem. Public policy analysis aims to explain how these public action programmes and strategies are developed and implemented, and to identify their effects on target groups and other groups affected by the relevant public problem.
The difficulties which both public and private actors face when charged with carrying out public policy requires them to develop intelligent strategies to avoid, or at least reduce, challenges to their different forms of implementation. These challenges are often seen in the face of infrastructure projects (e.g. wind farms, centres for asylum seekers, transport or military infrastructure), new environmental regulations (e.g. environmental clean-up orders, ecological compensation payments), the implementation of social security programmes (e.g. disputes concerning invalidity insurance, health assurance, housing assistance or aid for migrants and refugees), educational reforms (e.g. Switzerland’s harmos and EVM reforms) or new fiscal policies (e.g. appeals against taxation decisions or tax fraud).
Putting in place strategies to face these challenges requires a profound knowledge of the policy landscape and all the stakeholders involved in its implementation, of the rules, procedures and politico-administrative agreements which enable a more or less participative implementation of the broader project, and of the action plans behind the decisions to implement a public policy in the field. The course thus aims to provide participants with the analytical tools to identify and have a comprehensive understanding of the conditions that will enable (or hinder or even halt) the implementation of public policy in Switzerland.