Research programme

Title: Development of an efficient and effective public administration system

Head of the research group: Mirko Vintar, PhD, Full Professor (from 1/1/2004 to  30/4/2015)

Head of the research group: Aleksander Aristovnik, PhD, Associate Professor (from 1/5/2015 onward)

 

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 sector during the gradual emergence from the deep economic crisis. A 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.

The key research activities carried out as part of the proposed programme for the purpose of identifying an adequate model for the management of public administration and the public sector will thus comprise preparing the scientific bases required to develop public administration models, evaluating the operation and implementing reforms of the selected segments of the broader public sector and identifying and proposing measures, and methods for the implementation thereof, for a better business environment, which can be co-shaped by the public administration system and the broader public sector and would improve Slovenia’s poor international competitiveness. 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.

 

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

Associate Professor Polona Kovač

Professor Maja Klun

Associate Professor Janez Stare

Assistant Jernej Mencinger, PhD

Assistant Professor Mitja Durnik

Dejan Ravšelj, mag. posl. ved, young researcher

Marko Ropret, PhD

Associate Professor Mirko Pečarič

Miha Lebič, MA, Professional Associate

Contracting Authority:   

Slovenian Research Agency

Financing:

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

Duration (from/to):  

1/1/200431/12/2008; 1/1/200931/12/2014; 1/1/201531/12/2018;

 

       

 

 

Research contents (areas) and 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 will focus on the following key research areas (RA):

RA1 – preparing scientific bases for the development of efficient, effective, modern, creative and costeffective public administration models various aspects and possibilities for the improvement of the management and operation of the public administration system will be studied);

RA2 – preparing scientific bases for evaluating the operation and the implementation of reforms of the selected segments of the broader public sector (the areas of healthcare, education and social welfare will be studied);

RA3 – identifying and proposing measures, and methods for the implementation thereof, for a better business environment, which can be coshaped by the public administration system and the broader public sector and would improve Slovenia’s poor international competitiveness (the impact of the key components of public administration that impede Slovenia’s international competitiveness will be studied and a set of measures will be proposed that the state must adopt in order to stop the country’s consistent dropping in international competitiveness rankings).

Based on the research activities set out, the planning group will pursue the following research objectives (RO):

RO1 – developing a new model for the management of the public administration system following the example of more advanced countries, taking into consideration the specific factors and particularities of Slovenian society, in order to establish the conditions required to reduce bureaucracy and rationalise public administration, increase its openness and transparency, establish participatory management, further computerise its operations, improve the flexibility of the salary system, improve the competence of civil servants and modernise the administrative capacity of local self-government;

RO2 – developing and implementing tools and models that will help reform the broader public sector (i.e. education, healthcare and social welfare) in order to establish a modern, efficient, effective and well-functioning public sector;

RO3 – developing and implementing a model for monitoring the key components of public administration that affect the competitiveness of the national economy and upgrading the “STOP the Bureaucracy” programme, as the EU as well as other international organisations have alerted Slovenia to its poor international competitiveness, which is largely the result of its inefficient public administration (i.e. long legal proceedings, administrative and legal obstacles, too many regulated professions, an inadequate public administration control system, etc.).

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HOLISTIC GOVERNANCE MODEL FOR AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SLOVENIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION