Course 2009-2010 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
BIEM (6 credits - I sem. - OBCURS)
Course Director:

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

The final grade will reflect the overall performance during the semester and will be based on the following:

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

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
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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