729 Public Services

729 Public Services

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 15
  • Individual work: 165
  • Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD


1. Objectives and competences

  • Students know and understand the scope of public service law, which is of the utmost importance for the future public administraton workers , since an increasing share of public and state administration is transferred from the state administration in the strict meaning to the various quasi governmental organizations and private entities.
  • Students know the basic knowledge about institutions and instruments of public services, which than complement with the study of specific areas and cases.


  • Understanding of public services
  • Understanding of regulatory and institutional framework of public service
  • Critical evaluation of positive regulation in this area

2. Content

  • Content of the subject
  • Introduction to public services (history, theory...);
  • Basic elements of the regime of public services;
  • EU and liberalization of the public services;
  • The concept of public services and their management;
  • Forms of economic public services;
  • Public company;
  • Concession;
  • Other public services;
  • EU law and public service: the case of telecommunications and energy;
  • Regulation of education and meaning of Bologna reform;
  • Health:  the Europeanization of health system;
  • Conclusion: The public service, market and regulation

3. Readings

  • M.Krajewski, U.Neergaard, J.van de Groonden, eds., The Changing Legal Framework for Sevices of General Interest In Europe: Between Competition and Solidarity (T.M.C.Asser Press, 2009), str.1-267.
  • E. Szyszczak, The Regulation of the State in Competitive Markets in the EU, Oxford 2007, 1, 4, 5, 7, poglavje (150 strani)
  • T.Prosser, The Limits of Competition Law: Markets and Public Service, Oxford 2005, 1,2, 6, 7, 8 in 10 poglavje ( 129 strani)
  • B. Brezovnik, Izvajanje javnih služb in javno-zasebno partnerstvo (Lex Localis, 2008), str.1-248.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students learn about the legal and wider social components of regulation and operation of the public services.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

6. Assessment

  • Written exam (100%)