Public management

Public policymaking relies on organisations. In principle, different roles are assigned to different organisations. On the one hand, ministries and central agencies make the policies by drafting bills, negotiating with interest groups or designing regulations. On the other hand, public agencies, private sector organisations, and NGOs deliver public services and implement public policies (i.e. schools, hospitals, social services). 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 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.

The major aim of this course is to equip students with an analytical ‘tool-kit’ 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. By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply academic debates and the 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.

This course is for 1st year MPP students only.