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Course Coordinator and Team: Dr.Nandini Nayak
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Completion of Semester 1, 2, 3.
The focus of this course will be to equip students to critically analyse the politics of policy formulation and implementation.
Students of this coursewill discuss how the structures and dynamics of government work to create and implement policies. Particular attention will be paid to literature on the nature of the state and the market in this context.
How do policies make a difference in the standard of living of the poor? Who are the haves and the ‘have nots’? Does politics matter in the process of policy implementation? The answer to these questions will be discussed in this Public Policy course.
Key Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students should be able to -
… discuss the political economy of policy-making.
… discuss the major stages in the policy making process.
… analyze the role of actors in the policy process.
… evaluate how the ideal policy process differs from reality.
Brief description of key modules:
Module 1: An introduction to institutional analysis: Old institutionalists v. New Institutionalists; Interdisciplinary approaches promoted by institutionalists for the study of policy.
Module 2: Revisiting the ‘State v Market’ debate for the purpose of policy analysis: How should the ‘state’ and the ‘market’ be viewed in the relation to the project of ‘development’? What are the implications this has for the analysis of public policy?
Module 3: Models of policy analysis: This module will look at some key concepts and theories related to public policy analysis and the policy making process.
Module 4: Political Actors in the policy process: Role of the ‘state’, bureaucrats and politicians; the role of civil society in the policy making process; Who is involved in the policy-making process? and what is the nature of policy implementation?
Assessment Details with weights:
Reading List: (See below for indicative readings, in alphabetical order; a detailed reading list will be provided in class):