ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Policy Studies, Policymaking, and Knowledge-driven Governance

The academic and policy worlds have drifted apart since the early years of the Indian Republic. Can a new Public Policy field help reconnect academia to policymaking? The genesis and evolution of Public Policy in the United States holds important learning lessons. The raison d'être of Public Policy, the academic discipline, is to aid and inform public policy, the process; sans state imprimatur, cross-institutional coordination and demand-scoping, discrete supply-driven initiatives are unlikely to have substantive impact. Public Policy has considerable scope in India, provided academia and government join hands to create a policy ecosystem for meeting the specific challenges of Indian governance.

This is an excerpt from a research financially supported by the vice chancellor’s offi ce, Jamia Millia Islamia University, by an MPL Fellowship through the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, under the Ford Foundation funded project Mapping Media Policy and Law in India. Vibodh Parthasarthi was instrumental in persuading me to take up the assignment and Arshad Amanullah kept me on track. I have benefi ted immensely from discussions and conversations with Parthasarathi Banerjee and Pronab Sen, as from interviews conducted on the understanding of anonymity with people at Azim Premji University, IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, the Indian School of Business, University of Delhi, University of Mumbai, and PRS Legislative Research. An anonymous referee provided valuable feedback.

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