1673 Governance of Small States
- Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
- 2nd year
- 6 ECTS
- Course type: Elective
- Lectures: 30
- Other forms of study: 90
- Individual work: 60
- Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD
1. Objectives and competences
- Student discovers the specifics in the functioning of small states.
- Student recognizes the differences in governance of small versus large states.
- Student recognizes the effects of multi-level governance relations and globalization on small states.
- Student discovers policies and complex problem solving issues in small states.
- Student understands socio-economic specifics of small states, including specific relationships and functioning of economy, NGO's and nonprofits, as well as the fourth sector.
- Student places small states issues in the context.
- Student critically evaluates complex problems of small states.
- Student place in the context governance and policy making issues in small states.
- Various definitions of small state.
- Socio-economics of state size: advantages and disadvantages of state size
- Specifics of economics and governance of small states
- Political economy of small states
- Multi-level governance, public management in small states
- Creation of smart state policies in small states
- Small states and relations to international organizations
- Sector-specific issues in small states (economy, NGO's and non-profit organizations, fourth sector etc.)
- Relationships and decision-making in small states
- Small states and capacity to solve complex problems
- Crisis management in small states
- Small states in the EU
- Steinmetz, R. in A. Wivel (ur.) (2010). Small States in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Baker, R. (ur.) (1992). Public Administration in Small and Island States. West Hartford: Kumarian.
- Thorhallson, B. (ur.) (2018). Small States and Shelter Theory. Abingdon: Routledge.
4. Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course students will:
- know how small states are defined according to different disciplinary/ theoretical perspectives (international relations, economics, public administration, sociology);
- escribe the special characteristics of role-relationships in small societies and their impact on political, administrative and economic behavior;
- analyze the impact of size on small states’ politics, public administration, economy and international relations;
- discuss the challenges and opportunities of small states in Europe and their strategies in taking advantage of the EU institutional structures, including the ‘smart state strategy’;
- characterize the special traits of small markets, relate these to the potential goals and means of economic policy in the context of global markets and multi-level governance;
- be able to apply the gained knowledge to a practical policy problem in order to provide policy advice to a small state government.
5. Learning and teaching methods
- Project work
- Case studies
- Problem-based learning
- written and/or oral exam (60%)
- project seminar (40%)