563 Comparative Public Administration

563 Comparative Public Administration

  • Study programme and level: Master’s joint study programme Management in Administration 2nd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core course
  • Lectures: 28
  • Seminar: 14
  • Other study activities: 118
  • Individual work: 80
  • Language: English, Serbian, Slovene
  • Lecturer: Iztok Rakar, PhD, Assistant Professor


1. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Theories, methods and types of comparison
  • Words, terms and concepts
  • Administrative tradition and culture in Europe and worldwide
  • European models of public administration
  • European models of local self-government
  • Civil service systems
  • Relationship between law, public administration and new public management
  • Development and reforms of public administration
  • Structural and processual elements of new public management
  • Agency model of public administration
  • Impact of New public management on administrative culture
  • Post-New public management era development

2.  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, a Wiley Brand (izbrana poglavja, 100 str.)
  • Kuhlmann, S., Wollmann, H. (2014). Introduction to comparative public administration: administrative systems and reforms in Europe. Cheltenham; Northampton: E. Elgar (izbrana poglavja, 100 str.).
  • Chandler, J. A. (2014). Comparative public administration. London; New York: Routledge (izbrana poglavja, 50 str.).
  • Kovač, P., Bileišis, M. (Eds.) (2017). Public Administration Reforms in Eastern European Union Member States. Post-Accession Convergence and Divergence (izbrana poglavja, 40 str.).
  • Shedler, K., Proeller, I. (2011). New Public Management. Haupt UTB.

3. Objectives and competences

  • The student knows the theories, methods and types of comparative public administration research
  • The student knows models and traditions of public administration
  • The student understands relationship between law, politics and administration
  • The student understands drivers of public administration development and reforms
  • The student knows and understands specifics of public administration in Eastern Europe
  • The student applies theory in case studies
  • The student is able to analyse and compare organization and functions of public administration in different countries
  • The student develops skills of team work, presentation and public communication


  • Students acquire the ability to develop theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in the field of public administration.
  • Students using a comparative perspective better understand the functioning of both Slovenian and foreign public administrations and also improve the ability of creative thinking and application of new knowledge in the Slovenian system of public administration.


4. Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Student gains independent and complex understanding of comparative public administration. He also acquires capacity to scientifically test a certain problem as well as to use this knowledge in his practical work experience.


5. Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Case-study
  • Guest lectures
  • E-learning


6. Assessment

seminar paper 20%
written and/or oral exam 80%