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CP1 Introductory Public Policy Analysis
Guides: Pavan Srinath
12 Learning Units, 3 Assignments, 3 Webinars

This module covers the analysis, design, evaluation and marketing of public policies in India. It has three broad components. 
The first component deals with an overview of the normative and positive aspects of the Indian state and its governments and focuses on the roles, motivations and behaviours of the various players in the dynamics of policy making. It aims to provide students with a basic framework to understand how public policies are made in India.

The next component introduces key concepts and methods of policy analysis and provides a practical guide on how they might be applied to address India’s developmental challenges.

The final component covers policy assessment and programme evaluation with an emphasis on analytical methods.

CP2 Economic Reasoning and Public Policy

Guide: Anupam Manur
12 Learning Units, 3 Assignments, 3 Webinars 

This module concerns the application of economic reasoning to the design, implementation and outcome evaluation of public policies in India. The module will first provide an overview of analytical insights and international experiences on factors contributing to sustained high long-term economic growth. It will then introduce the basic concepts of demand and supply, and how these can be used to analyse such policies as price controls, minimum wage, import and export duties, subsidies and others. The key point which would be emphasised is the need to maintain a reasonable balance between demand and supply in a dynamic context.

The module will then discuss the primary socio-economic function of public sector enterprises and organisations involved in providing basic amenities and services, such as roads, education, healthcare and waste management. This component will also introduce the key economic concepts relevant for public policies.

The rest of the module will focus on selected public policy areas and themes. These include: budgeting for results; reforming public sector enterprises; options for infrastructure development and maintenance; public-private partnerships; food security and agriculture; social protection policies; and India’s urban challenges.

Weekend Policy Workshops
Tentatively scheduled for the fourth and eighth weekends of the course, the weekend policy workshops will cover discussions over course material, contemporary issues and guest lectures over three continuous days (Friday to Sunday) each.

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CP121 Workshop
    CP 121 is the first of the two contact sessions that form the offline complement to the largely online certificate course. The workshop has the Takshashila faculty and eminent guest lecturers take sessions on multiple themes ranging from public policy, economic reasoning, geo-strategy and politics.
  • CP122 Workshop
    CP 122 is the second of the two contact sessions that forms the offline complement to the largely online certificate course. The students are split into teams and given a policy problem and are expected to design a policy for practical issues, taking into account multiple factors and challenges that go into policymaking.


CP123 - Guest Lecture Series
Domain experts from a number of disciplines will supplement the GCPP curriculum with interactive webinars on important public policy issues.

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