GV483 Half Unit
Public Management Theory and Doctrine
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Martin Lodge and Dr Paolo Belardinelli
This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University), MSc in Public Policy and Administration, MSc in Regulation and Master of Public Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and access cannot be guaranteed. Priority will be given to students on the programmes listed above.
The course offers an intensive introduction into key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts. Topics include administrative doctrine, implementation, organizational change and inertia, capacity building, performance-management, leadership, institution creation, transparency and risk management. Public management is treated as an interdisciplinary field of study, with a particular emphasis on the administrative practices and change as well as the critical analysis of practical arguments about Public Management
This course will be delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures, amounting to a minimum of 23 and a half hours across the Michaelmas term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of on-campus and online lectures and seminars. This course includes a reading week in week 6 of term.
Students are expected to complete two formative essays.
M Barzelay, The New Public Management, 2001; C Hood, The Art of the State, 1998; C Hood and M Lodge, Politics of Public Service Bargains, 2006; L. Lynn and C. Hill, ; E. Ferlie, L. Lynn and C. Pollitt Oxford Handbook of Public Management, 2005; C Hood and H Margetts, Tools of Government in the Digital Age, 2007.
Essay (60%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Blog post (40%) in the MT.
The blog would have a word limit of 1000 words, and would be due for submission at the end of Week 11 of MT.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2020/21: 41
Average class size 2020/21: 10
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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