This course provides an advanced level introduction to different theories of policy sciences, as well as training in the methodological tools and research processes enabling application to concrete policy issues. Reinforcing the interdisciplinary character of public policy research, the course draws on a vast international and Indian social science, humanities and philosophy literature to aid critical policy analysis.
This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the principles and concepts of public finance. It examines the economic rationale for government activity and fiscal policies of different levels of government, and some major policy issues arising out of the process of macroeconomic reforms.
This course presents a broad overview of the problem of organizing governmental processes and institutions to adopt and implement public policy. It will discuss specific management practices for directing large public systems.
Methods for Policy Analysis and Research
This course uses a seminar format, training students to develop effective research designs for public policy analysis and formulation. The course moves from an overview of philosophical worldviews such as positivism and social constructivism to procedures of inquiry such as ethnography and experiments, and finally to methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Students also learn about critical elements of research such as hypotheses and research questions, literature reviews, writing styles, and ethical principles. In addition to analysis of published work across a broad range of social science disciplines, the course relies heavily on presentations by academics about their ongoing research and conversations with policy-makers about translating research into practice.
FPM - Electives Courses
Energy and Environment Policy
The objective of the course is to provide theoretical understanding of policy issues concerning energy and the environment, and the learning of analytical tools such as energy environment policy models and their applications
Health Policy and Planning
The course addresses two broad characteristics of health policies: use of evidence and integrated approaches. The course also emphasizes strategic and operational planning for implementing health policies.
Interpretive Research Methods
This is an advanced seminar on interpretive research methods. These methods are explicitly concerned with meaning making in social science research. Interpretive methods draw instead on the philosophical orientations of hermeneutics and phenomenology. They are widely practiced in and relevant to the areas of public policy, organizational studies and management, political science, sociology and other inter-disciplinary fields.
OR Applications in Public Systems
Social impact of any decision is huge in managing public systems. Therefore uncertainties due to random incidents are difficult to handle leading to failures. This course deals with Operations Research as a tool for modelling and analysis of issues and challenges in managing public systems.
Public Policy instruments for Environmental Management
This course is a survey of the policy instruments used in environmental management across the world with special emphasis on India. The course draws primarily on the environmental economics literature while bringing perspectives from other disciplines wherever possible.
Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference in Social Policy
The search for causality in relationship between variables is as frustrating as it is necessary. As elusive as they might be, claims about causality form the basis of much policy advice and advance our understanding of factors influencing human development. Relatively recent advances in the development and application of quantitative methods in identifying and estimating causal relationships also make this an exciting and productive line of research.
Telecom/ICT Policy and Regulation
The course provides an overview of research issues and frameworks for analysis involved in policy design, implementation and evaluation for the telecom sector. Convergence and Internet are developments that have given rise to or created the need for new instruments and institutions. Spectrum management and broadband growth are two areas where developments in policy and regulation are important for national competitiveness. The role of national institutions in standards is gaining importance. The course will examine research issues related to the above.
Public Policy and Economics of the Transport Sector
This is an advanced course in transportation economics, policy and planning. The course begins by introducing theories and fundamental concepts of transportation economics across multiple modes. Topics include demand analysis, cost assessment, regulation, pricing, quality of service, subsidies, competition, and project appraisal. Principles of applying economic tools to improve transportation system performance are covered. We also discuss about the urban transportation policy development process, focusing on strategies to fight congestion and air pollution, design efficient mass transportation systems, and increase the safety of travel. Students get to develop a research agenda around the sector.