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University of the Punjab
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Public Administration


The course is designed to familiarize the students with the fundamentals of government and administration. Students will thus gain knowledge regarding the practical working of government as the functional arm of the state. This will also enable the students to become successful managers regardless of the fields they opt for as their future careers.


1. Definition, Scope, Relationship with other Social Sciences, Public and Private Administration.

2. Approaches: Traditional, Behavioural and Post Behavioural.

3. Rise of Big Government and the Contributory Factors;

4. Bureaucracy, Concept, Nature and Functions, Max Weber’s Ideal type, Criticism and the Changing View of Bureaucracy;

5. Functional Elements of administration:

a). Organization, its types, principles and theories;

b). Planning, Rationale and Principles;

c). Personnel Administration, its techniques and functions;

d). Communication, types and channels.

6. Decision Making: Models and Processes;

7. Administrative Accountability: the role of legislature, judiciary, public advocacy groups, ombudsman and the media.

8. Financial Administration: Budgeting, Auditing and the problems of financial discipline;

9. Public Policy Making with reference to the policy making structures in Pakistan.

10. Administrative Structure of Pakistan: Nature, Organization & Management Processes in the Centre and the Provinces.

11. Public – Private Collaboration, and the role of NGOs.

Credit hours/ Marks:- 04 Cr. Hrs.

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