826 Good and Ethical Administration

826 Good and Ethical Administration

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Polonca Kovač, PhD, Stare Janez, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • Introduce students with basic concepts and viewpoints of ethics in public sector and good administration (GA) as mainly interdisciplinary concept, especially in connection to good public governance in politological framework and legal protection of procedural rights.
  • Acquisition of knowledge of ethical behaviour of public servants as individuals and public administration as organisation and social subsystem.
  • Present fundamental elements of good and ethical administration in Slovenia and in European space, its historical development and comparatively.
  • Qualify students to analyse good and bad practices of good & ethical administration and GG.


  • Understanding of good, ethical administration within good public governance and societal development.
  • Knowledge of development trends and challenges of good and ethical administration and GG in EU and Slovenia.
  • Capability of independent critics of selected cases based on GA principles.
  • Understanding of meaning and respect of official ethos.

2. Content

  • Administration, Public & Ethics introduction
  • Good administration (GA) as part of good public governance (GG) & ethical behavior
  • Development of GA, GG & Ethics in European space and Slovenia
  • Good and ethical administration as (procedural)legal and non-legal concept (values, principles, norms …)
  • Comparative overview of good & ethical administration in MS and EU legislation
  • Codes of conduct in public administration and broader
  • Fundamental ethical principles in public sector
  • Impartiality and equality
  • Participation and the right to be heard as nucleus of GA, right to information and transparency
  • Reasoning of decisions and effective legal protection
  • Decision-making within a reasonable time
  • Analysis of selected cases of European Ombudsman’s practice and Slovenian administrative and judicial practice

3. Readings

  1. Evropski varuh človekovih pravic: Evropski kodeks dobrega ravnanja javnih uslužbencev (2001, 2005) (20 str).
  2. HOFMANN, H. C. H., in MIHAESCU, B. C.: The Relation between the Charter's Fundamental Rights and the Unwritten General Principles of EU Law: Good Administration as the Test Case, European Constitutional Law Review, št. 9/2013, str. 73–101 (30 str.)
  3. HUBERTS, L. W. J. C., Maesschalek, J. in Jurkiewicz, C. L. (ur.) (2008). Ethics and Integrity of Governance. Cheltenham, Northampton, Edward Elgar (izbranih 50 str.).
  4. KEČANOVIĆ, Bećir (ur.). Javna etika in integriteta: odgovornost za skupne vrednote : integriteta, odgovornost, vladavina prav a. Ljubljana: Komisija za preprečevanje korupcije, 2012 (izbranih cca 70 str.).
  5. KOVAČ, Polonca. Ethics of officials in the context of (Slovene) good administration. NISPAcee j. public adm. policy, summer 2012, vol. 5, no. 1, str. 23-53 (30 str.)
  6. SEVER, Tina. Izbrani vidiki pravice do odločanja v razumnem roku v upravnih zadevah, Dnevi slovenske uprave, 2009 (25 str.).
  7. STARE, Janez. Kodeks etike javnih uslužbencev v državnih organih in upravah lokalnih skupnosti, Dnevi slovenske uprave 2011 (9 str.).
  8. Uradniški svet. Kodeks etike javnih uslužbencev v državnih organih in upravah lokalnih skupnosti. 2011.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Understanding the importance of good administration doctrine in contemporary society and public (good) governance. Student understands the notion of good and ethical administration and its elements. Student is capable of identifying these elements or the lack of them when analyzing public administration operation on national, EU or local level. Student can through practical cases apply good and ethical administration principles in his/her own work.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorial with the presentation of practical analysis examples.
  • Seminar work and guided individual study.
  • E-learning.

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • written or oral exam (60%)
  • group seminar/mid-term exam (40%)