Public Administration


Administrative Theory

  • 1.Introduction:

    (Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration; Wilson's vision of Public Administration; Evolution of the discipline and its present status; New Public Administration; Public Choice approach; Challenges of liberalization, Privatisation, Globalisation; Good Governance: concept and application; New Public Management.

  • 2.Administrative Thought:

    Scientific Management and ikgcientific Management movemynt; Classical jheory; Weber's bureaucratic model - its critique and post-Weberian Developments; Dynamic Administration (Mary Parker Follett); Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others); Functions of the Executive (C.I. Barnard); Simon's decision-making theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor).

  • 3.Administrative Behaviour:

    Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation Theories - content, process and contemporary; Theories of Leadership: Traditignal and Modern.

  • 4.Organisations:

    Theories - systems, contingency; Structure and forms: Ministries and Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and advisory bodies; Headquarters and Field relationships; Regulatory Authorities; Public -Private Partnerships.

  • 5.Accountability and control:

    Concepts of accountability and control; Legislative, Executive and Judicial control over administration; Citizen and Administration; Role of media, interest groups, voluntary organizations; Civil society; Citizen's Charters; Right to Information; Social audit.

  • 6.Administrative Law:

    Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law; Delegated legislation; Administrative Tribunals.

  • 7.Comparative Public Administration:

    Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems; Administration and politics in different countries; Current status of Comparative Public Administration; Ecology and administration; Riggsian models and their critique.

  • 8.Development Dynamics :

    Concept of develojment; Changing profile of development administration; `Antidevelopment thesis'; Bureaucracy and development; Strong state versus the market debate; Impact of liberalisation on administration in developing countries; Women and development - the self-help group movement.

  • 9.Personnel Administration:

    Importance of human resource development; Recruitment, training, career advancement, position classification, discipline, performance appraisal, promotion, pay and service conditions; employer- employee relations, grievance redressal mechanism; Code of conduct; Administrative ethics.

  • 10.Public Policy:

    Models of policy-making and their critique; Processes of conceptualisation, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and their limitations; State theories and public policy formulation.

  • 11.Techniques of Administrative Improvement:

    Organisation and methods, Work study and work management; e-governance and information technology; Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, PERT, CPM.

  • 12.Financial Administration:

    Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets - types and forms; Budgetary process; Financial accountability; Accounts and audit.


Indian Administration

  • 1.Evolution of Indian Administration:

    Kautilya's Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in politics and administration - Indianization of public services, revenue administration, district administration, local self-government.

  • 2.Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government:

    Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture; Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development.

  • 3.Public Sector Undertakings:

    Public sector in modern India; Forms of Public Sector Undertakings; Problems of autonomy, accountability and control; Impact of liberalization and privatization.

  • 4.Union Government and Administration:

    Executive, Parliament, Judiciary - structure, functions, work processes; Recent trends; Intragovernmental relations; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister's Office; Central Secretariat; Ministries and Departments; Boards; Commissions ; Attached offices; Field organizations.

  • 5.Plans and Priorities:

    Machinery of planning; Role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and the National Development Council; 'Indicative' planning; Process of plan for mula tion at Union and State levels; Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized planning for economic development and social justice.

  • 6.State Government andAdministration:

    Union-State administra tive, legislative and financial relations; Role of the Fina nce Commission; Governor; Chief Minister; Council of Ministers; Chief Secretary; State Secretariat; Directorates.

  • 7.District Administration since Independence:

    Changing role of the Collector; Unionstate local relations; Imperatives of development management and law and order administration; District administr action and democratic decentralization.

  • 8.Civil Services:

    Constitutional position; Structure, recruitment, training and capacity-building; Good governance initiatives; Code of conduct and discipline; Staff associations; Political rights; Grievance redressal mechanism; Civil service neutrality; Civil service activism.

  • 9.Financial Management:

    Budget as a political instrument; Parliamentary control of public expenditure; Role of finance ministry in monetary and fiscal area; Accounting techniques; Audit; Role of Controller General of Accounts and Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

  • 10.Administrative Reforms since Independence:

    Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial management and human resource development; Problems of implementation.

  • 11.Rural Development:

    Institutions and agencies since independence;Rural development programmes: foci and strategies; Decentr alization and Panchayati Raj; 73rd Constitutional amendment.

  • 12. Urban Local Government:

    Municipal governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas; 74th Constitutional Amendment; Globallocal debate; New localism; Development dynamics, politics and administration with special reference to city management.

  • 13. Law and Order Administration:

    British legacy; National Police Commission; Investigative agencies; Role of central and state a gencies including pa r a milita r y for ces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgencyand terrorism; Criminali-sation of politics and administration; Police-public relations; Reforms in Police.

  • 14. Significant issues in Indian Administration:

    Values in public service; Regulatory Commissions; National Human Rights Commission; Problems of administration in.

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