The course will provide students with the tools and skills needed to increase efficiency and quality of public services, and to improve the process of governing public sector organizations in a changing and complex environment.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
· Describe the key concepts, principles, tools, and problems associated with public management and governance.
· Demonstrate how public governance is being used to address contemporary problems and issues.
· Assess the potential of public governance for policy problems.
· Apply skills, knowledge, and abilities to engage in public governance endeavors.
From Public Management to Governance:
- Understanding Public Management and Governance
- The Changing Context of Public Policy
- The Size and Scope of the Public Sector: An International Comparison
- Public Management in Flux: Trends and Differences Across OECD Countries
- Strategic Management in Public Sector Organizations
- Contracting for Public Services: Competition and Partnerships
- Changing Roles of Public Financial Management
- Performance Measurement and Management in Public Sector Organizations
- Quality Management in Public Sector Organizations
- Scrutiny Through Inspection and Audit: Policies, Structures and Processes
Governance as an Emerging Trend in the Public Sector
- Understanding Governance
- Wicked Problems and Policy Approaches
- Collaboration and Collaborative Governance Regimes
- Managing Collaborative Governance
- Collaborative Performance
- Skill Development: Conflict Resolution and Interest-Based Problem Solving
- Understanding Networks
- Network formation
- Types of networks
- Skills for network building
- Forms of Participation: Conventional, Thin, and Thick
- Building Participation Infrastructures
- Skill Development: Designing Participation
- Skill Development: Facilitation?
Public Management and Governance, Third Edition, Edited by Tony Bovaird and Elke LöfflerA wide list of case studies and readings will be available on the course web-page.
Formal lectures, discussion of cases, student's presentations of assignments
Attending students will be assessed on the basis of group assignments (30%) and final individual written exam (70%), made up of open-ended questions. The grade of the group assignment is valid until September 2018.
Non-attending students will be assessed on the basis of a written exam, made up of open-ended questions.