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Administration & Public Policy: Concepts and Theories

St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata and CEC via Swayam


It provides an insight into the management of affairs of the government at all levels-national, state and local. This will also help us to understand: how human and material resources can be used to reach its desired goals. This course will also highlight the formulation and implementation of public policies, organisational structures and machinery of administration as well as administrative practices. Moreover, it addresses a relationship between government, organisations and its environment. This course will help the students to understand the key themes, debates, and socio-political significance of issues, which are influencing the study of Public Administration. It will be of interest to even students of other disciplines, like law, history, sociology etc. It is not only useful for Under Graduate students but is also important for research scholars and students who are appearing for competitive examinations.
Every module conforms to the four quadrant approach in that it contains 1) a 20-30 minute multimedia lecture by a recognized subject expert, 2) a detailed essay on the theme covered by the lecture 3) a elaborate list of references including books and related online content 4) a series of questions including MCQ and short and long answer type questions.



Week 1:Module 01: Meaning, Nature and Scope of Public AdministrationModule 02: Evolution of Public AdministrationModule 03: Classical TheoryModule 04: Scientific Management
Week 2:Module 05: Human Relation TheoryModule 06: Rational Decision-MakingModule 07: Politics and AdministrationModule 08: Methods & Approaches of Public Administration Part 1
Week 3:Module 09: Methods & Approaches of Public Administration Part 2Module 10: LeadershipModule 11: Decision MakingModule 12: Communication
Week 4:Module 13: AccountabilityModule 14: Bureaucracy Part-1Module 15: Bureaucracy Part-2Module 16: Budgeting
Week 5:Module 17: Legislative Control Over AdministrationModule 18: Judicial Control over AdministrationModule 19: Globalisation & Liberalisation- IModule 20: Globalisation & Liberalisation- II
Week 6:Module 21: New Public Administration Part 1Module 22: New Public Administration Part 2

Taught by

Esita Sur, Assistant Professor

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  • Siribaddhana Kankanamge Tharushi Nisanga is taking this course right now.

    It is most important course .because it given a theory and practice public administration to practical knowledge .as well as government sector organization intetvation the day today activities.Public Administration Theory is the amalgamation of history, organizational theory, social theory, political theory and related studies focused on the meanings, structures and functions of public service in all its forms

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