АNАLYSIS ОF РUBLIС HЕАLTH РОLIСIЕS IN THЕ UNITЕD STАTЕS АND САNАDА
Analytical Essay (3000 words)
The major component of the assessment for the topic is an analytical essay in which you
examine two public policy case studies in the light of models, concepts and theories about
public policy covered in the topic. The case studies can be chosen either broadly or more
specifically – for example, at the broad level, trade, housing, welfare, education or health
policy in different jurisdictions, or, at the more specific level, issues like the impact of freetrade
policy in particular economic sectors; social inclusion policy and its impact in different
policy arenas; or questions of payment and fees for higher education in different countries.
The essential task is for you to analyse the differences between the two case studies in the
light of ideas and debates about one of the broad dimensions of public policy covered in the
curriculum. These dimensions include for example:
explanations of agenda setting in public policy;
issues surrounding policy coordination;
different approaches to policy analysis;
perspectives on policy implementation;
issues in the choice of policy instruments; or
issues in decision making.
An examination and analysis of the differences between the case studies in light of debates
about the chosen dimension is required.
In undertaking your analysis, you will need to make some careful decisions in the choice of
policy case studies and the broad dimension being examined to ensure a manageable and
coherent focus for the essay.