Second Semester

MPA 507: Public Policy-I

The objective of this course is to provide basic knowledge about the conceptual foundations and principles relating to the analytical and interdisciplinary field of public policy. The course intends to make the students to conceptualize policy making and public policy-decision making.

Course Contents

Unit 1: Basic Foundations (LH 14)
  • Concept of public policy and policy analysis
  • Nature and scope of public policy
  • Typology of public policy
  • Scope of public policy
  • Analytical approaches to policy study
  • Importance of policy study
  • Limits of public policy     
Unit 2: Policy Philosophies and Public Interest (LH 10)
  • Forms of policy philosophies: protectorism, rationalism, brokerism, pragmatism, transferalism, egoism
  • The concept of public interest: Public/collective goods and private goods.
Unit 3: Theoretical Approaches to Policy Making (LH 10)
  • Political systems theory
  • Elite theory
  • Group theory
  • Institutionalism
  • Two way communication theory               
Unit 4: Public Policy Decision Making (LH 10)
  • Rational decision making
  • Disjointed incrementalism
  • Mixed scanning
  • Public opinion model
  • Concept of bounded rationality  
Unit 5: Constraints on Decision Making (LH 4)
  • Economic constraints
  • Political constraints
  • Social constraints            


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