153-0410/02 – Public Policy (VP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Public EconomicsCredits4
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Dušan Halásek, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Dušan Halásek, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2011/2012Year of cancellation2012/2013
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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HAL08 prof. Ing. Dušan Halásek, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit and Examination 6+6

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Knowledge – you will be able to: - assess the role and sense of public policy in society, - explain the concept of structure of public policy and approaches to defining partial public policies. Skills – you will be able to: - characterize the importance of public policy for social practice, - define the public interest as a public policy objective, - break down and apply the criteria, procedures and methods of partial public policies. Habits - you get: - quality basis about participants in public policy, resp. partial public policies, - understanding of the role of citizen (civil society) in participation in enforcement of public interest in public policies. After ending of the course, students will: - differentiate, compare and be able to identify the concept of policy and public policy, - be able to conclude partial matters relating to public policy, - appreciate the role of public policy and state differences of partial public policies, - plan, design and formulate different approaches to designing public policies, - be able to defend the content and objectives of public policy, - be able to compare different approaches to implementing public policies, - discuss the benefits of public policy in people's lives.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course acquaints students with various theoretical and methodological approaches used in the analysis, design and application of selected public policies, including defining the appropriate fields of their applications. In detail there are discussed some of the theories on which public policy is based on or linked to them. In the application section describes some public policies applied either together across the EU (agriculture, trade, transport, foreign and security, budget) or within the scope of the EU and the Member States - ie the community policies (social, environmental, trade, energy, etc .).

Compulsory literature:

Little, I.M.D. ethics, Economics and Politics. Principles of Public Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 162 pp. ISBN 0-19-926872-X(pbk).

Recommended literature:

Bogason, P. Public Policy and Local Governance. University Press, Cambridge, 2000. Braun,D., Busch, A. Public Policy. Political Ideas. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 1999. Middleton, R. Government versus the Market.University Press, Cambridge, 1996. Parsons, W. Public policy. Cheltenham: Edvard Elgar Publishing Ltd.,1995.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Students solve and send corresponding tasks via Moodle system.


The course is created by e-learning form in Moodle system.

Other requirements



Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Defining public policy as a science discipline and as social practice. The birth of public policy in the Czech Republic, areas of interests of public policy, definition of subject. 2. Public policy local, national, european, world, global. 3. Theory of bureaucracy and organizational theory. Market, government and civil sector as regulators of social life. Relationship between public policy and the theory of bureaucracy, bureaucracy models, sociological and political science approach. 4. The role of other science disciplines in public policy, such as: sociology, political science, economics, law, psychology, geography. Public administration institutions as mechanisms of implementation of public interest, politics as a conflict to promote differentiated interests. 5. Ethics and normative models of public policy. Tradition of society and development of values, models of public policies, definition of the relationship between the regulators of social life. 6. Selected public policies common to all EU states. 7. – 9. Selected community public policies (national and EU). 10. Law as an instrument of public policy. Relationship of law, politics and morality, legal relations, objects, subjects. 11. Implementation of policies. The method to achieve the objectives, theoretical models of implementation, implementation of policies as a political process. 12. Public interest and public policy. The concept of public interest, individual and social genesis, the process of application of public interest. 13. The role of stakeholders in the implementation of public interest. The issue of elites in public policy. Basic groups of participants and their roles. The concept of elite, elite theory, lobbying.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2011/2012 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 44  25
        Examination Examination 56  0 3
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2012/2013 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202T055) Public Economics and Administration (02) Public Economics and Administration K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202T055) Public Economics and Administration (02) Public Economics and Administration K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner

Assessment of instruction

2012/2013 Winter