|Module Title||RECENT TRENDS IN POLICY AND POLITICS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Martin Jones|
|Other staff||Dr Michael Woods, Professor Mark Goodwin, Dr Deborah Dixon, Dr Bill Edwards|
|Course delivery||Lecture||11 x 1.5 hrs (as part of 3 hour sessions)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||11 x 1.5 hrs (as part of 3 hour sessions)|
|Assessment||Course work||1 long essay (max 4,000 words)||50%|
|Course work||2 essays (max 2,000 words each - 20% each)||40%|
|Resit assessment||Students will have to resubmit any component of the above which they fail to complete to a satisfactory standard.|
This core module will introduce students to the relations between state, governance, policy and politics. It will explore the diverse processes through which policies are formulated, delivered and practiced. The module will also consider the influence of non-state forces and the resulting political geographies of policy. Attention is also given to how policy is delivered at different spatial scales through mechanisms and institutional arrangements associated with notions of partnership, regimes and coalitions. The module will also consider how policy is constructed and contested through issues of citizenship, social exclusion and social inclusion.
On completion of this module, students will be able to
Course philosophy and approach
Section 1 : Formulating and Analysing Policy
1. Policy, 'relevance' and political geography
2. Rural governance and rural policy
3. Urban governance and urban policy
4. European regional policy and its spatial consequences
5. 'Fast policy', policy borrowing, and the politics of scale
Section 2 : The Scaling and Delivery of Policy
6. Localism in North America and Britain
7. Devolution and Regionalism I: European experience
8. Devolution and Regionalism II: UK experience
9. Debating the 'new regionalism'
Section 3 : Constructing and Contesting Policy - Citizenship and Community
10. Social exclusion and inclusion: themes and issues
11. Social exclusion and inclusion: case studies
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Cochrane A. (1993) Whatever Happened to Local Government?.
Cresswell T. (1996) In Place/Out of PLace: Geography, Ideology and Transgression.
Duncan S and Goodwin M. (1988) The Local State and Uneven Development.
Ham C and Hill M. (1993) The Policy Process in the Modern Capitalist State.
Healey P. (1999) Collaborative Planning: Shaping Places in Fragmented Societies.
Jones M R. (1999) New Institutional Spaces: TECs and the Remaking of Economic Governance.
Lauria M (ed). (1997) Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory.
Oatley N. (1998) Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy.
Sibley D. (1995) Geographies of Exclusion.
Winter M. (1996) Rural Politics.