Politics & Policy of Public Sector Budgeting – PADM 600

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/10/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussion: Threads and Replies (3)

You will complete 3 Discussion Assignments in this course.  You will post one thread of at least 400-500 words by Thursday 11:59p.m. (ET) of the assigned Module.  You must then post 2 replies of at least 250-300 words by Sunday 11:59p.m. (ET) of the assigned Module.  For each thread, you must support your assertions with all of the current Module's Readings and any additional scholarly citations in APA format.  This course will be utilizing Post First in the Discussion. For each Discussion, once you have submitted your thread to the provided prompt, you will then be able to read and interact with your classmates' threads. 

Research Paper Assignments (3)

For Research Paper Assignments, you should prepare a 5-7 pages research paper in APA format (not including title page, reference page, and any appendices). You must also include a title and reference page, citations from appropriate professional, scholarly, or other appropriate sources to fully support your assertions and conclusions. Additionally, your research paper must contain citations from the course text books, all modules' assigned readings, and a minimum of 5 additional academic sources.

Quizzes (3)

You will complete (3) Quizzes which will be open-book/open-notes and contain 5 essay questions and/or multiple-choice questions. Essay responses must be a thoroughly supported, well-reasoned, and well-written synthesized analysis of 150 - 300 words. Quizzes have time limits of 1 hour and 30 minutes, and you must use your time wisely to fully answer each question.