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Course 2008-2009 a.y.


Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Insegnamento riservato agli studenti CEU

Go to class group/s: 31

DIEM (6 credits - I sem. - AI)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

Main purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic principles and recent developments in the field of public management. Public sector is a crucial component of the business environment, as an economic actor, in terms of impacts on the private sector and in terms of impacts on the citizen daily life. Public management has changed enormously in recent years as result of reform initiatives in many countries. Thereby, this course will examine both empirical developments and new theories of public management with an international perspective. Through active participation in this course students should gain the theoretical foundation and the managerial skills needed to understand public sector organizations. The course will ultimately enable students to deal consciously with public administrations as individual citizens, as entrepreneurs, as private sector employees, as public sector consultants/suppliers or as public sector employees.

Course Content Summary
  • Public administration and globalization: emerging themes. Public Management and Governance. Public Management reforms and New Public Management
  • Public and private management: What's the difference?
  • The concept of citizenship and implications for public management. Business-Government relationships. The role and features of Non Profit Organizations
  • The Diversity of Public Organizations: Typologies and Classifications.
  • Policy cycles and decision making in public sector: rationalism, incrementalism and garbage cans.
  • Planning & Control in the public sector.
  • Human Resource Management for government: peculiarities of public sector personnel.
  • Strategic Public Management.
  • Centralisation and decentralisation. Imitation or Innovation. Change Management in the Public Sector. Introduction to Electronic Government.
  • New Public Management in developing countries

  • Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

    Attending students

    • Two management case (short) reports (10% each)
    • Group presentations (20%)
    • Final written exam (60%)

    The final grade is the weighted average of the four evaluations

    Non-attending students
    The final grade will be based on a comprehensive oral exam.

  • O. E. Hughes, Public Management and Administration (3rd Edition), Palgrave, 2003
  • Last change 26/07/2008 11:17