Politics & Policy of Public Sector Budgeting – PADM 600

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The process of budget making in a public agency will be evaluated in light of the many political and economic factors that arise. Challenges and opportunities will be examined, as well as effective strategies for establishing a budgetary process designed to serve and protect the constituents of the public organization or agency and maintain financial solvency, accountability, and integrity.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course provides a background and foundation in the political and policy considerations that affect the budgeting process in public administration and public policy settings. As such, it plays an important role in producing well-rounded pubic administration and public policy students and prepares students with a nuanced understanding of the forces that shape the public budgeting process.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze various practical and theoretical influences that impact public sector budgeting.
  2. Evaluate the influence of politics and policy on various aspects of public sector budgeting.
  3. Apply knowledge of the literature to the study of public sector budgeting.
  4. Synthesize a Judeo-Christian worldview with aspects of public sector budgeting.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250–300 words. All sources must be cited in current APA format.

Limited Government and Balanced Budget Amendment Research Paper

The student will write 5–7 pages for a research-based paper in current APA format exploring ideas underlying public budget discussions and, specifically, analyzing the limited role of government and rationale behind balanced budget amendment proposals. The paper must include: at least 5 scholarly references in addition to the course textbook and assigned readings plus an appropriate incorporation of Judeo-Christian worldview/analysis and biblical principles.

Tax Cuts Research Paper

The student will write 5–7 pages for a research-based paper in current APA format that analyzes the ideas underlying political and policy discussions of tax cuts. The paper must include at least 5 scholarly references in addition to the course textbook and assigned readings.

Federalism Research Paper or Presentation

The student will create a paper or presentation examining the role, limits and balance of taxing and spending by federal, state and local governments and their agencies. If the student chooses to submit a paper, it must be 7–8 pages written in current APA format and must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbook, assigned readings, and the Bible. If the student chooses to submit a presentation, he or she will create either a PowerPoint presentation with audio or a creative video. The presentation must include 9–10 minutes of student-spoken audio and incorporate at least 6 scholarly references in addition to the course textbook, assigned readings, and the Bible.

Politics of Budgeting Process Exam

The Politics of Budgeting Process Exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain 5 multiple-choice and 5 corresponding short-answer questions. Each short answer question will require a 50–150-word, well-reasoned synthesized explanation which supports the selected multiple-choice answer. The exam will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students may not exceed the time limit.

Quizzes (2)

Quizzes will cover the Readings & Study materials from the previous and current modules/weeks. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and contain 5 essay questions. Each question will require a 150–300-word, well-reasoned synthesized explanation and analysis. Each quiz will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students may not exceed the time limit.