Contemporary public administration2018

2001 Contemporary public administration

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 28
  • Seminar: 14
  • Other forms of study: 118
  • Individual work: 80
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • Theories, methods and types of comparisons of public administration
  • Models and traditions of public administration in Europe and broader
  • Challenges of modern governance
  • The relationship between law and public administration
  • The organization and modes of operation of public administration
  • Openness and transparency of public administration
  • Public administration and economic development
  • Public administration and public services
  • Development and Public Administration Reforms
  • Privatization of the administrative tasks
  • The impact and consequences of Europeanization and globalization
  • Civil service systems

3. Readings

  • Raadschelders, J. C. N., Vigoda-Gadot, E. , Kisner, M. (2015). Global dimensions of public administration and governance : a comparative voyage. New Jersey : Jossey-Bass (izbrana poglavja, cca. 50 str.).
  • Kuhlmann, S., Wollmann, H. (2014). Introduction to comparative public administration: administrative systems and reforms in Europe. Cheltenham; Northampton: E. Elgar (izbrana poglavja, cca. 100 str.).
  • Meer, van der F. M., Raadschelders, J.C.N., Toonen, T.A.J. (eds.) (2015). Comparative Civil Service Systems in the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan (izbrana poglavja, cca. 50 str.)
  • Kovač, P. in Virant, G. (2011). Razvoj slovenske javne uprave 1991–2011. Ljubljana: Uradni list RS (izbrana poglavja, cca. 70 str.).
  • Hammerschmid, G., Walle, S. Van de, Andrews, R., Bezes, P. (eds.) (2016). Public Administration Reforms in Europe: The View from the Top. Cheltenham, Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing (izbrana poglavja, cca. 70 str.).

4. Objectives and competences


  • to know and understand the differences between modern public administration systems
  • to understand the causes of changes in public administration
  • to develop the ability of critical thinking in introducing changes in the field of public administration


  • Ability to formulate solutions for development of public administration
  • Ability to critically assess the comparative examples
  • Using different approaches to comparing modern administrative systems

5. Intended learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyze administrative systems
  • The ability to compare administrative systems
  • The ability to explain the reasons for the differences between the administrative systems

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • e-learning
  • seminar paper

7. Assessment

Written and/or oral exam 80 %
Seminar paper 20 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • Virant, G. (2016). Professional standards and selection procedures for top managerial positions in the civil service: EU and Western Balkan perspectives. V: The professionalisation of the civil service between politics and administration. Branelovica: Regional School of Public Administration, str. 33-47.
  • Kovač, P., Virant, G. (2013). Balancing professional standards and political discretion in selecting top officials in Slovenia. Transylvanian review of administrative sciences, no. 40 E, str. 137-158.
  • Rakar, I., Tičar, B. (2017). Pravo javne uprave.  Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo (v tisku).
  • Rakar, I., Kozjek, T., Benčina, J. (2016). Participation in Slovenian urban municipalities - theory and practice. Journal of Modern Science, no. 4, str. 297-310.
  • Rakar, I., Tičar, B. (2015). The rulemaking procedure - definition, concepts and publlic participation. Danube, issue 2, str. 109-119.