Research Program

Research programme

Title: Development of an efficient and effective public administration system

Head of the research group: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD, Associate Professor (from 1/1/2019 to 31/12/2024)

Development of an Efficient and Effective Public Administration System (SICRIS)

The Development of an Efficient and Effective Public Administration System research programme is aimed at studying the contemporary problems and challenges faced by the Slovenian public administration and broader public. Public administration reform are key priority for United Nations in their Agenda for Sustainable Development and also for EU in strategic document Europe 2020. Range of modern methodological tools will be used to analyse one of the most frequently mentioned and pressing problems of modern national economies in this period, i.e. the rationalisation and reorganisation of public sectors. Employing a highly interdisciplinary approach, which is one of the fundamental characteristics of administrative science in general, the research group will conduct research in four essential and closely interconnected fields – i.e. the fields of administrative law, economics, organisation and informatics. The theoretical and empirical development of quantitative and qualitative indicators and metrics for measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of public administration will be built upon by evaluating the existing method for the management of the public administration system and establishing bases for the implementation of new methods for its management and optimisation. A detailed theoretical and empirical analysis of the development of public administration will provide a systematic and comprehensive breakdown of the objectives and priorities in the areas of human resource management, the restructuring of the functions and organisation of the public administration system, administrative processes and e-government, quality management and public finances.

Our main purpose will be to develope a comprehensive framework for developing an efficient and effective public administration system. It would be based on gradual improvements, concentrating on thoose levels, policies, dimensions and domain of the Slovenian and European administrations perceived to be weak or as providing a basic for synergistic effects. The programme will be based on the following integrative elements presently lacking in both politico-administrative decision-making and relevant research: addressing complex cross-sectoral administrative issues interdisciplinary, including all societalsubsystems and their stakeholders (at the macro, mezzo and micro level) and encompassing supplementary qualitative and quantitative research methods. The scientific bases prepared within the programme will enable the development of a new model for the management of public administration patterned after those employed by more advanced countries, the development and implementation of tools and models for reforming the broader public sector and the development and implementation of a model for monitoring the key components of the public administration system that affect Slovenia’s international competitiveness. The research conducted as part of the programme will have both a national and an international dimension, as it will be based on EU directives and strategic documents (e.g. Europe 2020) and good practices of the more advanced countries of the EU and the OECD.

Goals:  

Employing a highly interdisciplinary approach, which is one of the fundamental characteristics of administrative science, the research group will continue its research in four essential and closely interconnected fields, i.e. the fields of administrative law, economics, organisation and informatics. All the studies conducted so far as part of the programme have involved the theoretical and empirical development of quantitative and qualitative indicators and metrics for measuring efficiency and effectiveness, which will be built upon within the programme by evaluating the existing method for managing the public administration system and establishing grounds for the implementation of new methods for its management and optimisation. The research activities carried out as part of the proposed programme fort he purpose of identifying an adequate model for the management of the public sector.

R01: to establish the theoretical framework, encompassing the fundamental governance challenges, models, main elements and trends of governance effectiveness, efficiency and accountability

RO2: to perform normative, comparative, macroeconomic and other analyses, encompassing Slovenian, EU and global administrative space and key PA challenges

RO3: to ensure the in-depth validation and optimization of the findings by means of contemporary mixed methods

RO4: to provide guidelines to facilitate the absorption of the research findings into administrative practice with legal, economic, organizational and other measures to the same effect

RO5: to ensure a large-scale social impact by means of a wide range of publications, professional meetings and conferences

RO6: to ensure adequate policy-making implications, based on a multi-level systemic approach and collaboration between state and civil society policy actors

Members of the research group and links to the SICRIS portal:   

Associate Professor Aleksander Aristovnik (head)

Professor Mirko Vintar

Associate Professor Primož Pevcin

Professor Ljupčo Todorovski

Professor Polonca Kovač

Professor Maja Klun

Associate Professor Janez Stare

Assistant Professor Mitja Durnik

Dejan Ravšelj, MSc, young researcher

Assistant Professor Marko Ropret, PhD

Associate Professor Mirko Pečarič

Assist. Prof. dr. Tina Jukić

Miha Lebič, MA, Professional Associate

Duration (from/to):  

1/1/200431/12/2008; 1/1/200931/12/2014; 1/1/201531/12/2018; 1.1.2019-31.12.2024;

Contracting Authority:   

Slovenian Research Agency

Financing:

The project is being financed with 2666 yearly hours (B price category) for 4 years.

       

 

 

REFERENCES - DEVELOPMENT OF AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM