Public Policy: Actors, Processes and Politics


Government policy choices determine the taxes we pay, the resources we consume and the wars we fight. This course provides an introduction to policy studies together with a conceptual tool-kit for understanding and evaluating public policies. It poses questions about the relevance of different actors and instruments in a series of important substantive policy areas: health and food, the environment, foreign relations, (un)employment, crime and the economy.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for POLITICS 222.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024


Coordinator(s)  Timothy Fadgen


POLITICS 222: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in Politics and International Relations or Maori Studies or MAORI 130, or 30 points at Stage I in Social Science for Public Health, or 30 points at Stage 1 in BC courses