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The Master in Publlic Policy offers a "common core" composed of fundamental teachings that all students will master independently from the chosen policy stream.
These pluridisciplinary courses are designed to provide students with a solid foundation and comparitive approach of public policy combining economics and statistics, law and regulation, management, politics, history, ethics and digital humanities. Students need to follow 5 core courses from the list below. The syllabi of the courses are available in the detailled programmes of each policy stream. Some courses are available both in English or in French (see description below).
Public Economics (S1)
The courses offered in the "Public Economy" portfolio are organized by level (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced) and according to policy stream. Provided below is a brief course guide with suggestions based on the prerequisites and your policy stream. Please refer to the page dedicated to each course for a more detailed description of the syllabus.
Public Economy: Introduction
Course instruction coordinated by Elise Huillery in French and Anton Granick
- Main Objective: To provide an introduction to the field of public economy and to the major contemporary challenges of public action in terms of economic policies (employment, education, taxation, regulation, etc.)
- Pre-requisite: none
- Public and Policy Stream: Open to all policy streams (except EPP), but particularly recommended for Public Administration and preparation for administrative exams and the course taught by Elise Huillery in French.
Public Economy: Intermediate
Course taught by Camille Hémet (in French) and Emeric Henry (in English)
- Main Objective: To strengthen and build upon your knowledge of public action in the field of economic policies, based on case studies and simple models.
- Pre-requisite: Introductory courses in microeconomics and basic mathematical tools (derivatives and partial derivatives in particular)
- Public and Policy Stream: Open to all policy streams (except EPP), for students
who have already taken an introductory course in microeconomics. This course is not intended to prepare students for administrative examinations, even if all the major challenges facing the role of the state are discussed.
Public Economics: Advanced (in English)
Course taught by Clément Malgouyres
- Main Objective: This course is an advanced course in public economics addressing the main challenges raised by market failures and state intervention.
- Pre-requisite: Solid background in microeconomics and quantitative methods
- Public: Required course for EPP. Course open to other students who have fulfilled the prerequisites.
Public Policy (S1)
At the very heart of the Master in Public Policy, the course sets out to understand why and how public policies are created as well as how they interact with social, political dynamics and players… other than those directly driving them.
To deal comprehensively with these questions, the course deliberately combines theory and practice: it relies on concrete illustrations and draws upon fundamental, multidisciplinary concepts in political science, sociology of public action and economics.
Politiques Publiques : analyse du changement Yves Surel
Ce cours offre aux étudiants des outils leur permettant de réfléchir aux dynamiques nationales et internationales à travers lesquelles des politiques publiques sont conçues, définies, débattues, contestées, mises en œuvre et évaluées. De nombreuses analyses ont en effet pour objet l'État en action, autrement dit l'étude du fonctionnement concret de l'appareil politico-administratif et des rapports de pouvoir qui se tissent entre l'État et les acteurs privés (syndicats, associations, entreprises, etc.). Ces travaux visent ainsi à fournir une meilleure compréhension de la façon dont les acteurs publics gèrent les évolutions socio-économiques auxquelles les sociétés contemporaines sont confrontées. Orienté sur la présentation de ces outils d'analyse, cet enseignement se fonde également sur des cas concrets dans une double perspective historique et comparative, afin de mieux cerner ce qui fait la spécificité des politiques publiques dans les sociétés contemporaines.
Politiques Publiques : Cadre et méthodes de l'action publique - David Azéma
Le cours invite les étudiants à développer une réflexion personnelle autour de l'action publique. Des outils intellectuels seront présentés pour appréhender les enjeux éthiques et les exigences particulières imposés par l'action publique ainsi que pour entrer dans le vif de ce qu'est l'action publique de sa conception à sa mise en œuvre concrète. Fondées sur la pratique et l'expérience plus que sur la théorie, les séances proposeront de décrire et d'analyser les modalités de l'action publique. Une approche dynamique pluridisciplinaire sera privilégiée et des exemples concrets d'action publique illustreront le cours, comme autant de « cas pratiques » qui couvriront les différents aspects et étapes de l'action publique. Le cours s'inscrira principalement dans le cadre institutionnel et culturel français. Les développements seront cependant éclairés par des exemples étrangers et de comparaisons internationales.
Politiques publiques - Les fondements historiques de l'action publique - Marcel Morabito
À partir d'une approche historique et comparative, le cours a pour ambition de fournir une vision globale des fondements de l'action publique. Il est organisé autour de trois séquences. La première porte sur la construction du modèle français d'État et d'administration (I- La construction du modèle français). La deuxième entreprend de mettre en évidence les enjeux essentiels dont celui-ci est historiquement le cadre (II- Les enjeux récurrents). La troisième s'efforce d'évaluer les spécificités de ce modèle par rapport à ses principaux homologues, en Europe (III- Le modèle français à la lumière des expériences étrangères). Un plan détaillé de la leçon est diffusé avant chaque séance.
Public Policy : Analytic and comparative approaches - Colin Hay
The module provides students with a general introduction to public policy-making and public policy analysis. It is organised in three sections. In the first of these, students will be introduced to the core techniques of public policy analysis. The second section of the module is concerned with public policy dynamics - how public policy change occurs and how we might evaluate the success or failure of such change. A consistent theme is the evaluation of public policy and how such evaluation (and the policy learning it prompts) feeds into the evolution of policy over time. The third section of the module is concerned with the influence on the form and content of public policy of the changing context(s) in which it takes place today. Particular emphasis is placed on the influence of globalisation, austerity and the difficulties of designing and evaluating policy choices in a context of risk, uncertainty and crisis.
Public Policy: Psychology and Public Policy - Coralie Chevalier
It isn't enough to have the right policy idea: public policies can be well-intended yet fail because they are not received as planned by the public. Governments around the world are thus applying behavioural sciences to improve policy-making by relying on a more realistic model of human behaviour (e.g., Obama's Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, the Behavioural Insight's Team in Downing Street, the EU Policy Lab, etc.). The goal of the class is to introduce basic theories and experimental findings in psychology to foster more innovative policy-making and to improve citizens' well-being. Each class will provide opportunities to identify obstacles created by people's natural biases and to select the right levers to counter these biases. This psychological toolbox will then be put to use to solve concrete public action issues and to potentiate the efficacy of traditional policy levers (regulations, incentives, and information).
Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation (S1)
The six courses proposed in the portfolio "Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation” share three main objectives:
- To enable and facilitate access to statistical methods and management and strategy tools;
- To develop an informed and critical view of the use of statistical methods in various studies and publications (reports, analysis or research documents) that inform the public debate.
- To acquire quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, with an introduction to the most commonly used statistical methods and statistical software;
While taking one of these courses, you will have 24 hours of compulsory lectures and 12 hours of optional tutorials during which a TA will be available to answer your questions and provide application exercises (such as case studies, statistical exercises, programming exercises, etc.).
However, each of these six courses has its own specificities and benefits, and you should select the course that corresponds most closely to your academic and professional project.
Management and Accounting Tools
Course instruction coordinated by Stéphane Torregrossa
- Main Objective: This course aims to teach the fundamental skills required for the management of both public and private entities by focusing on strategic and financial analysis for evaluating an organization’s performance.
- Pre-requisite: none
- Public: intended for those who plan to work in the management of public and private institutions
- Recommended Policy Streams: Public Administration, Defense and Security, Culture, Digital and Public Affairs, Energy, Management and Public Affairs, Health
Public Sector Essential Skills (in French)
Course taught by Adam Baïz
- Main Objective: This course teaches the skills needed to interpret quantitative analysis within a broad spectrum of public policies (education, taxation, environment, health, culture, etc.)
- Pre-requisite: none
- Public: If you plan to enter an administrative competition (in France, Europe, or internationally) and/or the (semi)-public sector
- Recommended Policy Streams: Public Administration, Culture, Digital and Public Affairs, Energy, Management and Public Affairs, Defense and Security, Health
Introduction to Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (in French)
Course taught by Bruno Cautrès and Martial Foucault
- Main Objective: This course is directed toward those who wish to acquire an understanding of quantitative methods in the field of public policy to interpret indicators, and learn how to produce them using Excel.
- Pre-requisite: none
- Public: If you are interested in the evaluation of public policies
- Recommended Policy Streams: All policy streams (except EPP)
Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation: Introduction and Intermediate level (in English)
Course taught by Jan Rovny in English
- Main objective: To provide a solid understanding of quantitative methods and descriptive and inferential statistical tools using statistical software (learn to program on R).
- Pre-requisite: none
- Public: if you are interested in evaluating public policies and learning statistical, qualitative and quantitative techniques, and using statistical software.
- Policy Streams: Open to all policy streams (except EPP), and particularly recommended for Politics and Public Policy, and Social Policy and Social Innovation.
Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation: Advanced
Course taught by Romain Lachat in English
- Main objective: To provide training in quantitative techniques and econometrics for the analysis and evaluation of public policies, in particular, learning econometrics under Stata.
- Prerequisites: a solid foundation in statistics. This course is preceded by a compulsory math camp during the last week of August.
- Public: if you are interested in economic studies.
- Policy Stream: Compulsory course for Economics and Public Policy. This course is also open to students with a solid basis in quantitative techniques and who wish to study econometrics.
Leadership, Management and Organisation (S2)
This course focuses on the leadership and management of organization and behavioural foundations of public policy.
It shows how to mobilize in a coherent and comprehensive way the required instruments for leading and transforming organizations: how to communicate in particular in times of crisis, how to negotiate with deep understanding of the variety of motivations and organizational cultures, how to set the agenda and take decision, how to manage complex projects and big projects and how to implement organizational transformation.
The course provides a multidisciplinary approach to this question with concepts and concrete case studies from leadership, management, communication, sociology of organizations, behavioural economics and psychology.
Ethics and Public Policy (S3)
This course presents the ethical considerations (welfare, good, right) involved in public decisions in democracy: What is ethics? What are the main normative ethical considerations that drive public policy decision: consequentialist ethics, deontological ethics, virtue ethics.
It equips policymakers with those ethical guidelines in a variety of concrete public policy examples: free expression, free speech, religious and cultural diversity; life ethics, health ethics, and animal ethics; transhumanism; immigration; defense; global warming…
The course also address the foundation and legitimacy of public policy in democracy: deliberative democracy, public accountability and transparency of public decision, reflexive governance; and questions the role of experts and policymakers in democracy and how to improve trust in public institutions.
Disruptive Technology and Public Policy (S3)
Many public policy choices and decisions involve a deep understanding of the current challenges raised by science and technology: Energy (nuclear, renewals and green resources, smart cities); Climate change and Global Warming; Digitalization, Robotics and Big Data; Artificial Intelligence; Genetically modified organisms and stem cell research; Nanotechnologies and biotechnologies.
Future policy makers need to be aware on how scientists themselves think about those issues and interact with the rest of the society. Many policy decisions are also made when there is uncertainty about the future impact of scientific and technological evolutions linked to human activity. There are often based on some risk assessments in an environment where probabilities cannot be precisely quantified, "catastrophic" evolutions cannot be ruled out; and in precense of tipping points.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of these questions with high-level scientists who introduce the main above-listed technological and digital topics, and the associated challenges raised for public policy. The scientists will also provide a deep understanding of the relationship between science and democracy. Students will be invited to draw their own conclusion on how science should inform and influence public decisions, the best process and governance arrangements, and, more broadly, the relationship between "experts" and policymakers.
- Cultural Policy and Management
- Digital, New Technology and Public Policy
- Economics and Public Policy
- Energy, Resources and Sustainability
- Global Health
- Management and Public Affairs
- Markets and Regulation
- Politics and Public Policy
- Social Policy and Social Innovation