Development of public administration

Development of public administration

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 1st year
  • 10 ECTS
  • Course type: Core course
  • Lectures:30
  • Seminar: 30
  • Other forms of study: 30
  • Individual work: 210
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • to understand the contemporary theory and practice in the field of public administration
  • to understand causes, factors and obstacles to the development and reform of the public administration
  • critically evaluate the relationship between law, governance and management
  • to understand the role of the administration and other stakeholders in the process of contemporary governance
  • advancement of knowledge in the development of local and regional self-government
  • critical evaluation of accountability in public administration


  • ability to scientific analyse problems and theoretical positions in the field of public administration
  • ability to critically analyse the development of administration, management, administrative systems and legal institutes
  • ability to apply knowledge to solve the most difficult developmental issues in the field of public administration
  • ability to critically evaluate different approaches to public management and governance

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Development of public administration theory
  • Theoretical approaches to governance: policy networks, systems theory, institutionalism, meta-governance
  • Law, governance and management
  • Managerial reforms of public administration
  • Impact of globalization, internationalization, Europeanization and policy diffusion on public administration
  • Public administration and sustainable development
  • Responsibility, accountability, ethics and control in public administration
  • Management of public participation and other stakeholders; conflict resolution
  • Development of functions and tasks of public administration
  • Development of formal and informal forms of operation
  • Development of public administration organization
  • Tendencies of local and regional self-government development

3.  Readings

  • Koprić I., Marčetić G., Musa A., Đulabić V., Lalić Novak G. (2014). Upravna znanost - Javna uprava u suvremenom europskom kontekstu. Zagreb: Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu.
  • Kovač, P. et al. (2011): Razvoj slovenske javne uprave 1991-2011, Uradni list RS, Ljubljana.
  • Kuhlmann, S., Wollmann, H. (2014). Introduction to comparative public administration : administrative systems and reforms in Europe. Cheltenham ; Northampton: E. Elgar.
  • Panara, c. , Varney, M. (2013). Local government in Europe : the "fourth level" in the EU multilayered system of governance. London ; New York: Routledge.
  • Raadschelders, J. C. N., Vigoda-Gadot, E., Kisner, M. (2015). Global dimensions of public administration and governance: a comparative voyage.  New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand.
  • Raadschelders, J.C.N. (2011): Public Administration: Interdisciplinary Study of Government. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riccucci, N. M. (2010): Public administration: traditions of inquiry and philosophies of knowledge. Washington : Georgetown University Press.
  • Ziller, J. (ur.) (2008): Verwaltungswissenschaft und Verwaltungspraxis in nationaler und transnationaler Perspektive. Duncker&Humboldt,  Berlin.

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student is able to:

  • evaluate and compare theory and practice in the field of development of public administration
  • to classify and assess the current development of public administration
  • to analyze the causes of the state of development of public administration
  • formulate and argue solutions necessary for the further development of public administration

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • The course will comprise lectures, tutorial as well as individual study and research.
  • Lectures – on selected topics to be determined with due consideration of the development of theory, legislation and case law.
  • Tutorial – students will present their seminar papers
  • Other – elaboration of a seminar paper dealing with a complex legal issue related to the selected topics.
  • Individual study for exam.

6. Assessment

  • Written or oral exam - 50%
  • To accede to the exam, students must successfully elaborate and present a seminar paper. The presentation may be given during the seminar or with a professor evaluator - 50%