Models of Governance

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
Learning objectives
L'insegnamento contribuisce all'obiettivo di fornire agli studenti padronanza dei metodi per il disegno, la realizzazione e la valutazione delle politiche e dei servizi. In particolare, amplia le competenze metodologiche per la valutazione controfattuale dell'efficacia di disegni istituzionali di decisione e accountability.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
Module 1: What do we study?
Class 01 - Introduction: causes and effects in public policy.
Class 02 - Frameworks: models of governance, power arenas, and action situations.
Class 03 - Policy effectiveness: policy instruments and individual behavior
Class 04 - Policy effectiveness: decision-making and account-giving rules.
Class 05 - Test 1: structured debate.

Module 2: How do we study it?
Class 06 - Explanation as an exercise in classical logic: from syllogisms to generative mechanisms.
Class 07 -- Probing causation: from Mill's canons to QCA and the Quine McCluskey's minimizations.
Class 08 - From causal properties to explanatory conditions - measures and their calibration.
Class 09 - Necessity and sufficiency with Boolean algebra - parameters of fit of individual conditions.
Class 10 - Truth table analysis, easy and hard counterfactuals, solutions and their representation.
Class 11 - Test 2:

Module 3: How is it actually done?
Class 12 - Defining the model: the INUS causes of corruption
Class 13 - Constructing the explanatory conditions, and assessing their explanatory power.
Class 14 - Constructing and analyzing the truth table.
Class 15 - Standard Analysis, solution plots, and discussion.

Module 4: Trying it
Class 16 and 17 - Presentation and discussion of replication studies
Class 18 through 20 - Bring your laptop: writing R functions under guidance
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 construct a configurational model accounting for differences in a policy performance of their interest across a reasoned selection of countries
3. Learn from Ragin how to compare systematically and logically across cases so as to probe the explanatory power of Mackie's compound causes
4. Apply it all by using the data from
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Damonte Alessia
Thursday 11:30-12:30 (students) - 13.30-15.30 (thesis students and PhD candidates)
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