Public Policy Choices
Our time invariant question in policy context is:
- How do we build a governance system which strives for equity of access to opportunity and resources for building an equitable and just society where everyone realises the purpose of their life?
A governance system and a society, where the institutional mechanisms allow for open-minded conversations about personal and shared goals, helps create “social-consciousness” or “general-will”. In Dewey’s words, it involves building “social-intelligence”, which helps develop the capacity to enlarge our own freedom and create a desirable social life.
In today’s growth-constrained, information-age society where inequity has been on the rise, we intend to explore the following questions:
- How is “social consciousness” or “social intelligence” evolving in the ‘information age’ and what are its implications for public policy choices?
- What is the nature of investment, in a growth-constrained environment, that can help improve economic growth and make it more sustainable?
- How is the evolution technology (e.g., information and communication, big-data, AI and Machine Learning) changing personal, organisation and social preferences and what are the implications of these changes for public policy?
- How does the low-interest rate, high liquidity, growth-constrained economic and financial environment impact organisational and household consumption, investment and financing choices and thereby the public policy choices?
- How does public policy help build the ability and willingness to take risk?
IASCC’s public policy research focuses on understanding the determinants of public policy choices and the impact these policy choices on individual & family and organisation choices and consequently the evolution of an equitable and just society.
We explore and explain how the political and administrative leadership defines policy goals, generates ideas, makes choices, allocates resources, implements decisions and realises the policy goals.
Building a research eco-system is one of our core purposes. Towards this end, we invite research scholars and academic institutions to partner with us to research in areas of common interest. Collaboration would involve working together on a specific research project or a programme.
We invite political and administrative leaders to join our research effort by working together on reflective practice case studies, which involves documenting their policy formulation and implementation experience.
Individuals and organisations can also contribute financial resources to our general-purpose research fund or a specific research programme. All such financial contributions would help us meet the cost of research infrastructure, e.g., library and wages for our faculty and the research staff.
Individuals can also contribute to our effort by instituting doctoral research fellowship awards to honour their parents, grand-parents, teachers or anyone else who has played an important role in their life. Fellowship awards will be given annually to students whose research work is aligned to IASCC purpose.
Our education programmes provide continuous learning opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of political and administrative leadership choices. All our programmes can be customised at the following levels to meet specific learning and development needs:
- Political Leadership, where our design as well as the learning material incorporates insights from our research about processes involved in making policy choices from political perspective.
- Administrative Leadership, where we base the design and learning material on our research insights about policy choices in public context, which involves balancing political, regulatory, socio-economic and technological perspectives.
Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) available through our website provide a unique continuous learning opportunity, as the learning material is organised around specific themes covered during the classroom.
Our Virtual Classroom offers interactive sessions with our faculty and industry professionals.
IASCC Forum is our collaborative-learning platform providing an opportunity for serious conversation on issues of contemporary interest.
Our approach to classroom learning includes faculty-led conversations, team exercises, case-studies, decision simulations, self-reflection exercises, preparation of post-programme ‘plan for action’, etc.
- Nature of Income & Social Disparity
- Cultural-tolerance for Chronic Disparities
- Public-Private Partnerships & Nature of Contracting
- Management of Economic & Financial Risk: Role of Government
- Growth-Constrained Economy: Role of Government