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The School of Policy and Governance is committed to creating a leading centre for multi-disciplinary research and scholarship in the area of law, governance and public policy. It seeks to advance the vision of Azim Premji University by designing and delivering new academic programmes and generating new and relevant knowledge through research in the fields of law, public policy and governance. It also seeks to intervene in development practice through direct engagement and advocacy with the state and other actors in society.

Law

In a variety of contexts, substantive law and legal institutions have been seen as vital components of the development process. The actual mechanisms by which the law and legal institutions influence development outcomes have however been the subject of intense academic debate over the years. The School of Policy and Governance (SPG) is engaged in the fine grained analysis of the Indian Legal System in order to assess its potential to help or hinder the country’s pursuit of development outcomes. On the one hand, this consists of the quantitative analysis of the performance of instrumentalities in the legal system. Some examples of these are formal courts, institutions of alternate dispute resolution and the civil and criminal processes. On the other hand this consists of a careful exposition of the relationship between Law and Society in India. The study of the theoretical, historical and empirical aspects of this relationship is vital to an understanding of the mechanisms through which changes in the legal system affect the lives of ordinary people in the country.

Public Policy

Public Policy broadly demarcates the intellectual terrain in which the government and other public institutions operate. Multiple actors are now responsible for service delivery and governance in development, challenging theories of Public Administration that focus on the bureaucracy and have mostly originated from the experience of developed countries. The challenge therefore is to problematize, and teach, theories and skills that animate this dynamic institutional space.

Governance

With the belated recognition of the role and significance of institutions, questions such as what institutions are, how they work and how they shape political and administrative actions and outcomes have become important. India has an elaborate system of public administration. These systems while playing an enabling role also impose major constraints on the process and potential of development. The reform of public administration has been the focus of people’s movements in the last decade. This programme encompasses the theoretical foundations and practical realities of India’s governance on three specific but overlapping axes: capacity, equity and accountability.



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