Teaching Public Policy in East Asia: Aspirations, Potentials and Challenges

27 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2012 Last revised: 7 Oct 2013

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Xun Wu

Division of Social Science and Division of Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Allen Yuhung Lai

Institute of Health Economics and Management, ESSEC Business School

Do Lim Choi

Chungnam National University

Abstract

Public policy courses have increasingly become an indispensible part in professional training programs in public affairs in East Asia in response to rapid changes in political, social and economic environment in the region. In this paper, we examine the current trends in public policy education in East Asia through the lens of syllabi of public policy courses offered in graduate programs in leading universities in mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Our comparative analysis points to three main challenges in teaching public policy in East Asia: insufficient attention to policy knowledge rooted in the local context, inadequate teaching capacity and under-representation of policy analysis.

Keywords: public policy training, East Asia, course syllabus

JEL Classification: I21, I23, I25, I28

Suggested Citation

Wu, Xun and Lai, Allen Yuhung and Choi, Do Lim, Teaching Public Policy in East Asia: Aspirations, Potentials and Challenges. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 14(5), 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2190272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2190272

Xun Wu (Contact Author)

Division of Social Science and Division of Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ( email )

4054 LSK, HKUST
Clear Water Bay
Hong Kong, 999999

Allen Yuhung Lai

Institute of Health Economics and Management, ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

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Do Lim Choi

Chungnam National University ( email )

Daejon, 34134
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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