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PUBLIC SECTOR GOVERNANCE

Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Codice dell'attività formativa: 
900006-ENG

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Per studenti immatricolati al 1° anno a.a.: 
2019/2020
Insegnamento (nome in italiano): 
PUBLIC SECTOR GOVERNANCE
Insegnamento (nome in inglese): 
Public Sector Governance
Tipo di attività formativa: 
Attività formativa Caratterizzante
Tipo di insegnamento: 
Opzionale
Settore disciplinare: 
ECONOMIA AZIENDALE (SECS-P/07)
Anno di corso: 
2
Anno accademico di offerta: 
2020/2021
Crediti: 
6
Responsabile della didattica: 
Altri docenti: 
Tina NABATCHI

Altre informazioni sull'insegnamento

Modalità di erogazione: 
Didattica Convenzionale
Lingua: 
Inglese
Ciclo: 
Secondo Semestre
Obbligo di frequenza: 
No
Ore di attività frontale: 
48
Ore di studio individuale: 
102
Ambito: 
Aziendale
Prerequisites

None

Educational goals

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.

Course content

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

Public Management:
- 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

Networks
- Understanding Networks
- Network formation
- Types of networks
- Skills for network building

Public Participation
- Forms of Participation: Conventional, Thin, and Thick
- Building Participation Infrastructures
- Skill Development: Designing Participation
- Skill Development: Facilitation?

Teaching methods

Formal lectures, discussion of cases, student's presentations of assignments

Assessment and Evaluation

- Attending students will be assessed on the basis of a group assignment (30% of the final grade) and a 40-minute individual written exam (70% of the final grade) made up of open-ended questions and closed-ended questions. The grade of the group assignment is valid until September 2021. It is uploaded on the e-learning page of the course within 2 weeks after the end of classes.

- Non-attending students will be assessed on the basis of a 90-minute written exam made up of open-ended questions and closed-ended questions.

Closed-ended questions are worth from 1 to 3 points each; open-ended questions are worth from 4 to 8 points each.

Open-ended questions are evaluated according to the following criteria:
a) relevance of the answer to the question;
b) thoroughness of the answer;
c) ability to synthesize;
d) appropriacy of language.

Exam results will be uploaded on "sportello internet" and the student will be notified when the grade is available.

Further information

Exam Contents:
a) ATTENDING STUDENTS: learning materials and class notes .
b) NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS: Public Management and Governance, Third Edition, Edited by Tony Bovaird and Elke Löffler, 2016.
Selected readings available on the e-learning page of the course.

If the course is offered in blended or distance learning mode, changes to the program and exams can be introduced to adapt the course to these teaching methods.