- Code POGO8057
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Michael Di Francesco
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
This course surveys key concepts and frameworks, institutions, processes and techniques of contemporary public financial management (PFM), with a special focus on the expenditure budget process. PFM frameworks and practices permeate the systems, rules and information that govern the everyday decision-making and accountabilities of public officials. The course investigates public officials’ roles in managing and accounting for public resources, and the political and administrative setting in which priorities for public spending are negotiated and determined. The course will concentrate on the Australian system of government with coverage of contemporary evidence-based resource allocation and management practices, and policy development and evaluation approaches. Where appropriate, this will be complemented by relevant international and/or comparative experience,
This is a course principally on the politics, institutions, practices, and policy impacts of public budgeting and resource management. It is not a course on public finance, public economics, or public accounting. No previous knowledge of finance, economics, or accounting is assumed.
This course will explore the application of key concepts and practices through case studies and scenario-based syndicate learning exercises. It will provide students with tools to understand and critically appraise the effectiveness of contemporary PFM practices in the context of prevailing approaches to public administration, public policy, and governance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the institutions and politics of public financial management and accountability in the Australian system of government, and how these frame the roles and responsibilities of public officials.
- Critically engage with relevant practical and theoretical literature on the design and application of public financial management as an international applied discipline.
- Critically appraise key public financial management systems applicable in the Australian system of government.
- Critically analyse the application and effectiveness of contemporary evidence-based approaches to fiscal strategy, public budgeting, fiscal federalism, public service delivery, and public accountability.
- Demonstrate the ability to think analytically, communicate persuasively, and work collaboratively in the applied discipline of public financial management.
The course is delivered using a mixture of lectures, case studies, syndicate group discussions. Participation in and preparation for classes is essential.
- Quiz One (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Syndicate Exercise (1500 wds) (25) [LO 2,4,5]
- Quiz Two (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Individual Research Report (3000 wds) (45) [LO 2,3,4,5]
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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.
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