Public management I

Public policy making relies on organisations: Ministries and central agencies make the policies – they draft bills, negotiate with interest groups or design regulations. Public agencies, private sector organisations and NGOs deliver public services and implement public policies (i.e. schools, hospitals, social service agencies). This course is about the design and operation of these organisations that matter for public policy. The course introduces concepts that: 
• Help students understand how these organisations ‘tick’ internally, how they shape the design and implementation of public policies and how they can, in turn, be ‘governed’, and 
• 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. 

The major aim of this course is to equip students with an analytical ‘tool-kit’ that allows them to engage in real-world organisations’ pertinent public management problems. Critical thinking about solutions offered in public and policy debates related to public management issues will be encouraged. By the end of this course, students should be able to: 
• Assess the relevance of organisations for policy making 
• Apply academic debates and literature to real-world public management problems 
• Reflect on contested issues – i.e. design solutions to such problems, and 
• Develop approaches to address such problems, in particular, using systematic analysis.