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University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance

PPG 2021: Priority Topics in Public Administration

Description: This course focuses on the practice of public policy and public administration. It goes behind the scenes of major public policy events and government change projects to examine the interplay between policy, communications, program delivery and building the right capacity to do these things well in government.
The course is designed and taught by a public sector leader and practitioner and will focus on some of the complexities involved in the practice of public administration. Students will learn about the importance of leadership in making tough decisions about political and public service priorities; about thorny or “wicked” policy and public administration issues that confront almost all major governments, and the navigational skills necessary to address them. They will learn about the complex interplay of politics, policy and public administration. There is no “golden key” to getting things done well in government – progress is sometimes intermittent and complex with difficult trade-offs between good politics and good public administration. Students will confront the challenge of insufficient information to enable evidence-driven policy development and the challenge of making sense of too much information when clear advice is needed by the public in the middle of a crisis. This will equip students for the real stuff of work in government – communications, issues management and policy-making in action.  At the conclusion of the course they will have a clear sense of how government works in practice, why and how leadership matters, how things get done in government and the important inter-relationships between the various strands of public service work.

FacultyTony Dean

Sourcehttp://www.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/mpp-elective-outline (accessed 23 February 2013)

 

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Strategy and Structure for Public Management

  Modernization of Public Sector Organizations
  Overview of Recent Trends in Public Administration

 Regulation and Compliance

  Regulation and Risk Management

 Human Resources Management

  The Management of Public Sector Organizations

 Leadership for Public Management

  Delivering on Political Priorities
  Governing With a Minority and Planning for Post-Election Transitions

 

Additional course description from the syllabus

The course focuses on the practice of public policy and public administration – on getting things done in in government, and outside of it. In our sessions we will:

  • Examine different perspectives about how government should work and deliver services to citizens;
  • Talk about the disciplines of strategy, communications, issues management, regulation and implementing big political priorities;
  • Examine the complexity of work in the public sector by going behind the scenes of major public policy events and government change projects to examine the interplay between policy, strategy, communications, program delivery and building the right capacity to do these things well in government;
  • We will also look at how public service leaders prepare for a potential change of government following an election.

Common threads running through seminars from week to week will be the role of public sector leadership and the development of public sector capacity for policy and delivery, including interdisciplinary and cross-jurisdictional approaches to meeting major challenges in public administration and public policy.

As part of the course, students will examine a current public policy challenge or opportunity and develop options and advice on the issue for consideration by the lead government department or ministry.

There will be a small number of invited speakers who have first-hand experience of issues being examined: people who were "in the room" or "on the ground" at critical moments in the life of key events.

Required textbooks

David Osborne and Ted Gaebler, Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector (Addison-Wesley, 1992)

Malcolm K Sparrow. The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems and Managing Compliance (Brookings Institution Press, 2000)

Michael Barber, Instruction to Deliver (Methuen and Co. 2007).

Commentary by the Atlas editors:

Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated by Ben Eisen 3 August 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

 

 Syllabus

PPG2021H Syllabus - Fall_Dean(1).pdfPPG2021H Syllabus - Fall_Dean(1)

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