Administration & Public Policy: Concepts and Theories

By Esita Sur, Assistant Professor   |   St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 3413
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.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Aug 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1:
Module 01: Meaning, Nature and Scope of Public Administration
Module 02: Evolution of Public Administration
Module 03: Classical Theory
Module 04: Scientific Management

Week 2:
Module 05: Human Relation Theory
Module 06: Rational Decision-Making
Module 07: Politics and Administration
Module 08: Methods & Approaches of Public Administration Part 1

Week 3:
Module 09: Methods & Approaches of Public Administration Part 2
Module 10: Leadership
Module 11: Decision Making
Module 12: Communication

Week 4:
Module 13: Accountability
Module 14: Bureaucracy Part-1
Module 15: Bureaucracy Part-2
Module 16: Budgeting

Week 5:
Module 17: Legislative Control Over Administration  
Module 18: Judicial Control over Administration
Module 19: Globalisation & Liberalisation- I
Module 20: Globalisation & Liberalisation- II

Week 6:
Module 21: New Public Administration Part 1
Module 22: New Public Administration Part 2

Books and references

Arora, R.K and Rajni Goyal (1995). Indian Public Administration. New Delhi: Wishwa Prahashan.

Basu, Rumki (2017). Public Administration. New Delhi: Sterling Publications.

Bhattacharya, Mohit (2008). Horizons of Public Administration. New Delhi: Sterling Publications.

Charabarty, Bidyut (2012). Public Administrations in a Globalising World. New Delhi: Sage Publications. 

Charabarty, Bidyut and Prakash Chand (2019). Public Policy : Concept, Theory and Practice. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Dwivedi, O.P (1994). Development Administration: From Underdevelopment to Sustainable Development. UK: Macmillan.

Maheshwari, Shriram (1994). Indian Administration: An Historical Account. New Delhi: Sterling Publications. 

Prasad.D.Ravindra, Sivalinga Prasad and P. Satyanarayana (1980). Administrative Thinkers. New Delhi: Sterling Publications.

Sapru, Radha Krishnan (2006). Administrative Theories and Management Thought. New Delhi: PHI Learning Private Limited.  

Singh, Hoshiar, and Pradeep Sachdeva (2012).Public Administration: Theory and Practice. New Delhi: Pearson. 

Instructor bio

Esita Sur is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at the Scottish Church College, Kolkata. She has submitted her Ph.D. in ‘Evolving Activism Among Muslim Women in Mumbai Since The 1980s’ under Dr. Bonita Aleaz from the Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta. Her research interest includes Gender Studies, Minority Community, Women and Citizenship Rights, Islam in India, Feminism and Women’s Movement, Muslim Women’s Activism in India, Religion and Women.  She has several publications  to her credit the most recent ones  being an article on ‘The Marginal Locations of Muslim Women on Various Sites in India’ is published in an edited book Marginalities in India: Themes and Perspectives by Asmita Bhattacharya and Sudeep Basu from Springer Nature, Singapore in 2018 AND an article on ‘Triple Talaq Bill in India: Muslim Women as Political Subjects or Victims?’ is published in Space and Culture in India, England ACCB Publishing (volume 5, number 3) in 2018. Esita has also attended several workshops and seminars on her areas of interests and have also presented papers in a few of them. She has recently presented a paper on ‘Triple Talaq and Muslim Women in India’ in the International Conference on  Gender and Sexuality in Asia at Monash University, Malaysia held from 12th November to 14th November 2018.  

Course certificate

30% for in Course Assessment & 70% of end-term Proctored Exam.

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