Public Policy for Development

Executive Leadership and Management of Organisations

Course Overview

The course is also intended to develop your skills to become a lifelong learner with independence of thought, self-awareness, and the capacity to communicate your acquired knowledge and research findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences. In addition, by providing examples of how public policy and development economics are currently applied in developing countries, you may also acquire the techniques and ability to critique development policy and apply your existing knowledge in a variety of contexts.
The course is based on contributions from a range of disciplines, especially development economics, but also includes politics, accounting, management and information systems, and the study of public policy and public sector reform and management in a changing environment within an international context. The core course units provide you with a skill-set to critique and apply policy, with this complemented by the optional units that allow you to tailor your

Course Objectives

  • Have an understanding of the different conceptual and theoretical perspectives applied to public policy and management
  • Have an understanding of the principles and practices underlying the implementation of public policy and management processes
  • Have developed skills in initial analysis of public policy and management and in communicating their analysis in the form of clearly written and readable documents
  • Have a good command of current theory, policy and practice in relation to some of the following specialist areas; public policy process and methods, public sector economics, development and economic policy, privatisation and pubic enterprise reform, public sector accounting and organisational change
  • Have developed basic research skills through a supervised dissertation project

Course Outline

Introduction to Public Policy and Administrative Governance

  • Define and contrast political governance and administrative governance
  • Define public policy and discuss the purpose and focus of policy studies
  • Distinguish between public administration and private administration as fields of practice
  • Comment on the relationship between public administration and policy studies as fields of study
  • Outline the core organizational forms of the public bureaucracy and discuss the roles of key players and institutions in the political and permanent executive

Public Bureaucracy in Theory and Practice

  • Offer a definition of public bureaucracy and discuss competing perspectives on the character of public bureaucracy
  • Identify and describe the basic organizational forms of public bureaucracy
  • Contrast the essential characteristics of a Weberian ideal type bureaucracy and the type of public bureaucracy advocated by proponents of the New Public Management (NPM) and post-bureaucratic organizational models

Policy Formation: The Institutions and Processes of Political Governance

  • Outline and discuss the machinery of government and the various stages of the policy process
  • Explain the impact of core constitutional institutions on policy-making
  • Discuss the role of the various political and bureaucratic institutions in the policy process
  • Describe, in some detail, the process of policy decision-making by Cabinet
  • Comment on the power of “the centre” in the policy process

Administrative Governance: The Challenge of Policy Implementation

  • Contrast the various policy instruments that are available for policy implementation
  • Discuss the factors shaping the possibility of successful policy implementation
  • Explain and discuss the core ideas underpinning the current enthusiasm for alternative service delivery (ASD)
  • List and comment on the service delivery mechanisms associated with ASD

The Role and Influence of Non-state Actors in Policy-making and Administrative Governances

  • Explain the concepts associated with policy community and policy network analysis
  • Distinguish between elite accommodation and democratic public consultation
  • Contrast competing theoretical perspectives on the power and influence of non-state actors in the policy process and discuss the challenges that face designers of democratic public consultations
  • Discuss approach to regulating and monitoring professional government lobbyists
  • Offer an explanation of the privileged position of private-sector business interests in the policy process
  • Discuss the historical trajectories of group and movement influence in politics

Ethics in Administrative Governance: The Challenge of Ensuring Democratic Accountability in Public Administration

  • Analyze and discuss the nature of democratic accountability in a parliamentary democracy
  • Evaluate the potential impact of the NPM on democratic accountability
  • Outline the principles of and potential approaches to ensuring ethics in administrative governance
  • Contrast the viewpoints of competing theories of public bureaucracy on the issue of public-sector accountability

Social Diversity and the Question of “Difference” in Policy-making and Administrative Governance

  • Comment on the significance of social diversity for how we approach public policy-making and administration
  • Explain why advocates of identity politics argue that self-representation (and “authenticity of voice”) is so important to democratic policy-making
  • Understand the rationale for and functioning of “employment equity” in the federal public service
  • Discuss the relationship between social diversity and the “differential impact” of public policy

Paradigms of Governance: Policy-making and Administrative Governance from the Administrative Welfare State to the Neo-liberal State

  • Describe what is meant by the notion “paradigm of governance” and contrast the three governing paradigms that have had periods of hegemony over the course of history
  • Discuss the character of the administrative culture and state form associated with the postwar welfare state
  • Outline the core features of neo-liberal governance and explain the place of the NPM in this paradigm of governance
  • Comment in some detail on the recent transition from an administrative welfare state form to a neo-liberal state form
  • Provide an analysis and normative evaluation of the NPM
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