The major aim of this course is to equip students with an analytical toolkit that allows them to engage in real-world organisations’ public management problems. Critical thinking about solutions offered in public and policy debates related to public management issues will be encouraged.
The course introduces concepts that:
- Help students understand how organisations shape the design and implementation of public policies and how they can, in turn, be ‘governed’;
- Engage with controversies regarding the design and operation of public organisations – such as the advantages and disadvantages of using market-type mechanisms to govern public services.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Apply academic debates and literature to real-world public management problems;
- Reflect on contested issues – i.e. design solutions to such problems;
- Develop approaches to address such problems, using systematic analysis in particular.
This course is for 1st year MPP students only.