Models of governance

A.Y. 2016/2017
Overall hours
Learning objectives
L'insegnamento contribuisce all'obiettivo di fornire agli studenti le competenze per integrare le analisi delle scienze giuridiche, politiche, sociali ed economiche per decifrare le dinamiche delle nostre società complesse. In particolare, introduce il concetto di regime di governance delle politiche pubbliche indipendente dalle giurisdiszioni; provvede gli strumenti analitici per analizzarne la struttura e identificarla a partire da testi normativi, rendiconti fiscali, e valutazioni di esperti; e trasferisce competenze metodologiche per verificare la capacità euristica della struttura rispetto a specifici outcome -- dalla compliance all'efficacia.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
Module 1: What do we study?
Class 01 - Introduction: explaining policy success and failure by special characteristics of the political system.
Class 02 - Starting point: the Eastonian model of policy performance, and the underlying ontology.
Class 03 - When classical causes are not explanations anymore: from government to governance, from hierarchy to networks (and markets).
Class 04 - An alternative framework: governance of policy tools - decision and accountability systems.
Class 05 - Test 1

Module 2: How can we study it?
Class 06 - Causation: how do we grasp it? Generative mechanisms between experiments and case studies - plus a third possibility.
Class 07 - From Mill's canons to QCA: the Joint Method of Agreement and Dfference, the other way round - minimizations.
Class 08 - From causal properties to explanatory conditions - calibration and truth tables.
Class 09 - Necessity and sufficiency with Boolean algebra - parameters of fit.
Class 10 - Model specification, truth table analysis, counterfactuals and their usage.
Class 11 - Test 2

Module 3: How is it actually done?
Class 12 - Defining the model: the efficient causes of corruption
Class 13 - Constructing explanatory conditions, and identifying the scope condition
Class 14 - Model specification
Class 15 - Standard and Enhanced Standard Analysis
Class 16 - Solutions and XY plot

Module 4: Replicating it
Class 17 through 20 - presenting and discussing a replication

Module 5: Doing it by yourselves
Class 21 - Choosing and outcome, and literature review in search of generative mechanisms
Class 22, 23 - Case selection, and related qualitative literature
Class 24, 25 - Identification of causal properties, operationalization by raw measures, construction of the dataset
Class 26 - Calibration of properties into fuzzy conditions
Class 27 - Truth table, identifying and solving contradictory configurations
Class 28 - Analysis of sufficiency, standard
Class 29 - Analysis of sufficiency, enhanced
Class 30 - XY plots and discussion of results
Course syllabus
Non-attending students are invited to:
1. Start from Mackie's understanding of a causal mechanism
2. Use mechanisms as a lens through which the governance literature can be made sense of, and organized in an explanatory model
3. Learn from Ragin how to compare systematically and logically across cases so to assess Mackie's complexes of causes
4. Apply it all by using the data from
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Damonte Alessia
Thursday 11:30-12:30 (students) - 13.30-15.30 (thesis students and PhD candidates)
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