Course 2014-2015 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
CLEF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - BIEMF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic principles and recent developments in the field of public management. The 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 society at large. Thereby, this course examines 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 ultimately enables students to deal consciously with public administrations as individual citizens, as entrepreneurs, as private sector managers, as public sector consultants/suppliers or as public sector managers.

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?
  • Business-Government relationships.
  • The role and features of International Organizations.
  • Policy cycles and decision making in public sector.
  • Planning & Control in the public sector.
  • Human Resource Management for government: peculiarities of public sector personnel.
  • Strategic Public Management.
  • Public Management in developing countries.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

For Attending
The final grade reflects the overall performance during the semester and is based on the following:

  • Real consulting group work (30%)
  • Mid-term written exam (30%)
  • Final written exam (40%)

The final grade is the weighted average of the three evaluations (valid until March 2015)

For Non attending
Written exam on the two books.



For Attending
  • O.E. HUGHES, Public Management and Administration, Palgrave, 2012, 4th Edition (all book)
  • H.K. COLEBATCH, Policy (Concepts in the social sciences). Open University Press, 2009,3rd edition (all book)
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


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