Course 2010-2011 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
BIEM (6 credits - I sem. - OBCURS  |  SECS-P/07)
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?
  • Business-Government relationships.
  • Multi-stakeholder negotiations
  • The role and features of International Organizations and 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
  • Public Management in developing countries

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

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:

  • Group work and negotiation (20%)
  • Group exercise (20%)
  • Schort case report (10%)
  • Final written exam (50%)

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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