Public policies and local governments: theory, methods and strategies - Second edition

The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta, in conjunction with the Transnational Institute (TNI), presents the course Public Policies and Local Governments: Theory, Methods and Strategies – Second Edition, which is part of the International Diploma in Transformative Local Governments.

In the current global context, marked by the emergence of emerging conflicts that are enhanced by the post-pandemic, it is necessary to review the main approaches to public policy theory, delve into study and application methods, strategies available to solve public problems and the definition of what is public and how to deal with the same problems, but from another perspective.

It is necessary to have the basic tools to make a critical analysis of the issues that involve community life, as well as the response that is expected from the territory for the demands of citizens in an increasingly uncertain context.

What you will learn

You will differentiate the main components of public policy and the specificities in its application at the local level, contemplating the relationship between the municipality, citizens and social movements that coexist in the territory.

Target audience and requirements

Aimed at local government officials who are linked to policies and strategies that are related to the territory, social managers, leaders of an NGO or other organisation with an impact at the community or regional level, and the general public. 15 years old as minimum, internet connection and any smart electronic device.


Since these courses are carried out remotely and asynchronously, there is no maximum number of places for them; however, limited dates have been set to sign up for each one.


The course will be certified by all parties involved in the development of this course, as long as the approval requirements are met.


There is no cost of any kind for the participants.

Application start date
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Registration deadline
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 until 23:59 (Chile time).
Course start date
Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 17:00 (Chile time).
Course duration
5 weeks
Estimated dedication time per week
6 hours
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Teachers and experts

Patricio Urriola

Academic Director of the Diploma on Data Science, Local Governments and Territory at FLACSO-Chile. Part of the Diploma of the Program in Policies for Digital Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. He served as Chief of Staff of the former Deputy Vice President in the Constitutional Convention of Chile, Pedro Muñoz, district 24.

Luis Aguilar Villanueva

Aguilar Villanueva has a Ph.D. in philosophy, specialising in political philosophy, with postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and at the Eberhard Karls State University in Tübingen, Germany. He is National Researcher Emeritus of the National System of Researchers (SNI, Mexico, 2008). He was a research professor at UNAM (1975-1988), at El Colegio de México (1989-1995), where he coordinated the public administration program, and at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco, in the Master of Public Policy. Since 2006 he has been a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA), of which he is currently its chairman.

Mario Hueso Quiñonez

Graduated in International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and Master in Political Management, Political Communication area, at the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina, participates as a consultant in matters of strategic communication for governments, parties, actors politicians and the private sector.

Keir Milburn

Ph.D. and author of the book Generation Left (2019), which argues that widespread leftist sympathies among youth is a modern phenomenon spawned by economic conditions. He is also a university lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at The Rosa of Luxemburg Stiftung.

Bertie Thomas Rusell

Associate researcher at Marie Skłodowska-Curie, postdoctoral researcher at IGOP (2022-2025), a research center of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). His research interests focus on the new municipalism, hybrid ownership models, the politics of scale, and new approaches to decentralised forms of participation.

TNI academic coordination

Erick Palomares Rodríguez

Research Associate for the Transformative Cities Award and the Atlas of Utopias, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam. He is the Academic Coordinator of the International Diploma in Transformative Local Governments UAR-TNI. He has a PhD in Government and Public Administration, Complutense University, Madrid, and Master in Development, Innovation and Change, University of Bologna, Italy. He is currently visiting researcher at the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Copenhagen.

UAR academic coordination

Javier Muñoz Percherón

Degree in Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Communicator specialising in Scriptwriting for Film and Television, and Diploma in Transmedia from the University of Arts, Sciences and Communication. Diploma in Film Screenwriting from the University of Chile. Current academic assistant and teaching coordinator of non-presential courses at the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta.