Policy Making and Politics
A Ringside View to Indian Governance
Policy Making and Politics—A Ringside View to Indian Governance is a five-day intensive learning programme that dives deep into the interplay between policy and politics, with focus on ground realities that impact policy making and its execution. It brings together a collective of national and international domain experts to examine the impact of this relationship on the country’s polity.
The learning modules drill into crucial aspects of how policies are formed, and the politics that impact it, through a series of lectures, interactions and roundtables covering topics like different power structures of Indian governance, its systemic design and the role played by bureaucracy, judiciary, media, legislature, civil societies and different foreign bodies.
Lectures and Roundtables
The programme offers a multi-dimensional learning experience through 10+ lectures and roundtables that aim to bridge the gap between the theory of policy making and ground realities that finally shape it
Included in the programme are case studies that prompt inter-disciplinary learning and a contextual understanding of the subject
The cohort gets the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders like politicians, bureaucrats and other industry experts for enhanced assimilation of knowledge and an exposure
Workshop and Assessment
The assessment design adds a hands-on element to the programme, making the learning comprehensive and complete
MEMBERS OF FACULTY & ROUNDTABLE
The curriculum is spread over five days starting 11 February, with the sixth day being marked for assessment and submissions. A preparation period of one week will precede the date of submission.
Day one - Legislature and Genesis of a Policy
Day one focuses on the top-most rungs of the political machinery. Here, we will attempt to cut through the news and understand the genesis of a policy, its journey to the top, the various stakeholders that give it shape and the political factors that influence it.
Day two - Policy and The Executive
The ‘executive’ operates at multiple levels, and each brings with it its own set of challenges and strengths. Day two will attempt to penetrate the layers of bureaucracy, the politics of the system and provide a critical lens with which to view this branch; we will understand the impact, in real terms, that it has on the success or failure of a policy.
Day three - Feedback Mechanisms and Policy Evolution
The success of a policy depends on feedback from its beneficiaries and can only be ascertained by understanding its performance on ground. Sincere and efficient sourcing of feedback, building data collection infrastructure and framework for evolution of policy are some of the important topics day three will deal with.
Day four - Politics and Influence of External Stakeholders
Outside of the three branches, there exist various stakeholders and groups which attempt their own push and pull on a policy and lead public opinion. On day four, we will attempt to understand how, and why, this comes into being, what motivators and incentives do different stakeholders have, and how they ensure they are heard by the government machinery.
Day five - Culture and Industry in Policy
Indian policy making is heavily influenced by several socio-politico-economic factors. With immense diversity in culture, ever growing industries and heightened environmental awareness, on day five, we attempt to understand how different Indian idiosyncrasies shape policies, and how policymakers navigate this convoluted space.
The learning programme is divided into eight lectures, two roundtable discussions and conversations –
- The Politician And The Policy by Ram Madhav
- The Art and Craft of Policymaking by Praveen Chandrasekaran
- Roundtable – Top-down: How Different Tiers Of Government Implement A Policy by K Annamalai, Akhilesh Tilotia, Aaditya Tiwari and Madhuri Dhariwal.
- Government, Governance and Institutions: The Execution Of A Policy
- Conversation – Integrating Technology In Governance by Jaijit Bhattacharya
- Collection, Transmission and Incorporation Of Feedback by Manoj Kumar Mishra
- Success and Sustenance Of Policies
- Roundtable – External Stakeholders: An Extra Pair of Hands by Shamika Ravi, Shwweta Punj and Avani Bansal
- How Third Parties Influence And Shape Policy
- Culture As An Inseparable Force In Policy Making by Sudarshan Ramabadran
- The Industrialist And The Politician – The Power Duo That Shape Policies by Shailesh Pathak
- Policy, Politics and the State: Jallikattu – A Case in Point by S G Suryah
The programme is being jointly offered by Standpoint India and Indian School of Democracy
Standpoint India is an editorial founded with the objective of reflecting India’s diverse realities through disciplined sourcing of analyses, critique and knowledge on a wide range of topics that concern the Indian citizenry.
Indian School of Democracy is a non-partisan organization that conducts programs for aspiring, grassroots political leaders. It aims to nurture principled leaders, with moral courage and imagination, to achieve sarvodaya.