Spring 2024 School of International & Public Affairs U6003 section 001

Analysis of Public Sector Organizations

Analysis of Public Sector Orgs

Call Number 10462
Day & Time
W 11:00am-12:50pm
405 International Affairs Building
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Michael Ting
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Virtually all government policies depend on organizations to execute and evaluate them. Effective public management therefore depends crucially on an understanding of how organizations work. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the institutional basis of public policy and administration. A major theme throughout is that explaining organizational outcomes requires the understanding of: (i) the actors involved and their preferences, and (ii) the institutions, or “rules of the game” within which they function. Expanding on this theme will allow us to explain many features of political organizations, including some that may appear (at first glance) to be pathological. The study of organizations is multi-disciplinary in nature, and as a result the course draws upon a range of literature from economics, political science, and psychology.  It will focus particularly on applications of behavioral economics and game theory.  The course readings and the student assignments will provide ample opportunities for seeing how theoretical arguments are developed and tested.  The objective is to give students not only a working knowledge of how public sector organizations work, but also the ability to utilize it across a broad range of settings. The course begins by considering different models of individual and collective behavior.  With these tools in place, it then proceeds to study the internal structures of organizations and their management implications.  The “principal-agent” framework will guide this discussion.  Next, it will examine the impact of the external environment on organizations.  Finally, it will consider some prospects for reform.

Web Site Vergil
Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 40 students (50 max) as of 10:06AM Saturday, June 22, 2024
Subject School of International & Public Affairs
Number U6003
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To SIPA
Campus Morningside
Section key 20241SIPA6003U001