Public Administration Papers Topic : Public Policy

Public Administration Papers Topic : Public Policy

  • Policy is a decision driven model of research use. Explain.  (20 marks 2004)
  • Public Policy is not an independent variable and human history shows little evidence of systematic learning from policy experience. Discuss.  (20 marks 2004)
  • "... even if pollees are well-organized, effiCiently operated, widely utilized, adequately financed and supported, we may still ask, so what? Do they work ? ... What about their costs, outputs and impact?" Discuss.  (60 marks 2009)
  • 'Our normal expectation should be that new programs will fail to get off the ground and that, at best, they will take considerable time to get started. The cards in this world are stacked against things happening' [Pressman and Wildavsky]. Comment.  (15 marks 2012)
  • "Public administration can be portrayed as a wheel of relationships focused on the formulation and implementation of public policy." Explain. (20 marks 2010)
  • "Implementing a public policy is a process of discovering what works and what does not." Examine. (20 marks 2007)
  • "Nothing comes across more strongly than the great naivete about policy implementation." Discuss. (20 marks 2006)
  • Give an assessment of the processes of policy formulation and discuss the problems of policy implementation. (20 marks 2010)
  • Comment on the role of public administration in policy making and its implementation. What are the other factors influencing the policy process ? (20 marks 2005)
  • 'Policy is being made as it is being administered and administered as it is being made.' Comment. (20 marks 2011)
  • Critically examine the following statements in the field of Policy Sciences : (15 marks 2011)
  • The incrementalist paradigm posits a conservative tendency in public policy making. (15 marks 2011) 
  • Dror's Optimal Model is a fusion of the economically rational model with the extra - rational model. 
  • "Yehezkel Dror's normative models of policy making tend to be academic in perspective with poor operational utility:' Comment. (20 marks 2009)
  • 'Policy judgements comprise reality judgements, value judgements and instrumental judgements' [Geoffrey Vickers]. Elucidate.  (12 marks 2012)
  • Would you agree with Bachrach and Baratz that along with decisions, non - decisions are also part of policy ? Give reasons for your answer. (20 marks 2012)
  • Policies determine politics as governments constrain.” Attempt a critique of this statement. (10 marks 2014)
  • “The Output Studies Approach to public policy analysis overstressed the rational techniques and allocative dimension of public policy.” Analyze the statement. (15 marks 2014)
  • According to Y. Door, “The Science of Muddling through is essentially a reinforcement of pro- inertia and anti innovation ideas in policy-making”. Comment. (15 marks 2014)
  • “British philosophy of administration is based on a unification of science of administration with ethics.” Analyze.(15 marks 2014)
  • “The term policy implementation is in some respects preferable to the label public administration.” Argue .(10 marks 2015)
  • “In the appreciative systems of policy makers, goals are subsidiary to norms and values.” (Vickers). Explain. (10 marks 2015)
  • “Lenin’s concept of Socialist management refers to directing the organisational development of Socialist society.” Explain .(15 marks 2015)
  • “Policy analysis is incomplete without taking into account policy delivery.” Argue .(15 marks 2015)
  • “The concept of political feasibility in policy alternative is a probabilistic concept and is related to each policy alternative.” In the context of the above statement analyse Dror’s contribution .(20 marks 2015)
  • “In Public Policy Marking, ‘Rationalism’ is the opposite of ‘incrementalism’.” (10 marks 2016)
  • “Fred Riggs continuously changed his theory in order to create the perfect model.” Comment. .(20 marks 2016)
  • “Off all the processes involved in public policy, implementation is of greatest importance.”Examine the impediments in policy implementation. (15 marks 2017)
  • "A public policy without the active involvement of people in its formulation, implementation and evaluation is only a facade." How can this anomaly be corrected ? (15 marks 2018)
  • “Maximum social gain” in public policy making is an attractive goal which is rarely found in practices. Discuss. (10 Marks, 2019)
  • Has policy analysis become a major source of legitimation of status quo in political and social order? Discuss.(10 Marks, 2020)
  • Have political realities thwarted the move towards evidence based policy making ? Critically examine.(15 Marks, 2019)
  • “Globalization is impacting the context of national policy making. The national policy agenda is becoming international.” Explain. (20 Marks, 2020)


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