This course introduces key theories and models in the study of public policy and seeks to encourage a critical appreciation of the main trends in contemporary public policy-making. Although much of the course material refers to the UK, US and European policy context, the focus of this course is international. By the end of the course, you should be able to evaluate how and why public policies emerge, understand the processes involved in developing policy in its different stages and use the critical tools of policy analysis to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of specific policies and how they were developed.