Public Administration Main Syllabus


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 Scientific Management movement; Classical Theory; Weber's bureaucraticmodel – 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'sdecision-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: Traditional 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 Fieldrelationships; 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 ofmedia, 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; AdministrativeTribunals.

7. Comparative Public Administration:

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

8. Development Dynamics:

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

9. Personnel Administration:

Importance of human resource development; Recruitment, training, career advancement, positionclassification, 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 informationtechnology; 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; Budgetaryprocess; 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 NationalDevelopment Council; 'Indicative' planning; Process of plan formulation at Union and State levels;Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized planning for economic development and socialjustice.

6. State Government and Administration:

Union-State administrative, legislative and financial relations; Role of the Finance 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 managementand law and order administration; District administration and democratic decentralization.

8. Civil Services:

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

9. Financial Management:

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

10. Administrative Reforms since Independence:

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

11. Rural Development:

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

12. Urban Local Government:

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

13. Law and Order Administration:

British legacy; National Police Commission; Investigative agencies; Role of central and state agenciesincluding paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgency and terrorism;Criminalisation 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 ofadministration in coalition regimes; Citizen-administration interface; Corruption and administration;Disaster management.

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