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MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORMS

Program

Updated A.Y. 2018-2019

About the course:
This course serves to the students willing to pursue a successful career in the public sector (working in governmental institutions, departments and/or agencies), as well as to those willing to have a career in third-sector organizations. It perfectly fits with the aim of the Master of Science in European Economy and Business Law.
The Management of Public Administration Reforms aims to introduce the fundamental theoretical concepts and applied techniques of the management of public administration reforms. The programme is designed to better understand the characteristics and the relationships between public, private and third sector organizations. It is a course that emphasis the transient boundary conditions of what is public, private and what belongs to the third sector. An additional interesting topic is the social innovation and entrepreneurship that gives effective solutions to challenging and dynamic social and environmental issues.
At the end of the course, students will be able to conduct a critical analysis of the implementation process of governmental policies and reforms.

Method:
The course is not only based an lectures and seminars, but an important part includes case studies. At the end of each lecture, real-life case studies will be discussed and analyzed. Attendance and active paricipation are awarded with extra points. Several group-work activities are held during the course.

Assessment:
Students have the opportunity to:
I - Take a written and an oral exam, or in alternative


II - Prepare and present an individual work at the end of the course.


The students could select among different topics like:
- comparative case studies (countries, regions, cities, municipalities etc)
- public administration reforms
- the impact of the financial crisis in a particular country or group of countries
- the role of the EU on a particular EU country
- the role of the EU on countries that are willing to join the EU
- other topics selected by the student

The work should be from 7 to 15 pages.

A point system is being implemented:
- Attendance is mandatory. All the students that will attend at least 80% of the classes will be awarded 1 point
- Active participation is awarded with 2 points
Written and Oral exam or the Individual project work is evaluated with a maximum of 27 points.
Students are also allowed to take both the exam and present a final work (from 7 to 15 pages).

Syllabus:
1- Management of Public Administration Reforms
       a. What is Public?
       b. What is Management?
       c. What is Public Administration?
       d. What is Public Management?


2- A Model of Public Management Reform
      a. The Traditional Model
      b. New Public Management
      c. New Weberianism/New Weberian State/Neo Weberianism
      d. A Model of Public Administration Reforms
      e. Case studies


3- Management in Third Sector
     a. Why Public and Private Sector are not enough?
     b. What is the Third Sector? What are its characteristics?
     c. Case Studies


4- The Impact of the 2007 – 2012 Financial Crisis in Public Management Reforms
     a. The Evolution of the 2007-2012 Crisis
     b. Public Management Reforms during the Crisis
     c. Exogeneous Factors that affect PMR
     d. Case Studies


5- Group Works on the Impact of the Crisis in different Countries over the World. Different databases, such as the World Bank Database, OECD Data, International Monetary Fund - IMF DATA, and EUROSTAT, are used in order to collect the macroeconomic data.


6- Strategy, Performance, Performance Measurement and Performance Management in the Public Sector
    a. The Fundamentals of Strategy (Vision, Mission, Strategy, Objectives)
    b. Performance Measurements
    c. Performance Management


7- Group Work Presentations


8- Fiscal Decentralization
    a. What is Decentralization?
    b. What is Fiscal Decentralization?
    c. Types of Federalism
    d. Fiscal Federalism Models. Short introduction of:
          i. Tiebout model
          ii. Oates model
          iii. Leviathan and General equilibrium model
          iv. II Generation Fiscal Federalism Theory and Political Economy


9- Collaborative Governance. Government – Third Sector Relations


10- Individual Work Presentations


Study Materials:
1. Pollitt, C., & Bouckaert, G. (2011). Public Management Reform: A comparative analysis-new public management, governance, and the Neo-Weberian state. Oxford University Press. Chapter I and Chapter II
2. Lodge, M., & Hood, C. (2012). Into an age of multiple austerities? Public management and public service bargains across OECD countries. Governance, 25(1), 79-101.
3. Schick, A. (2013). Lessons from the crisis. OECD Journal on Budgeting, 12(3), 1-29.
4. Cepiku, D., Mussari, R., & Giordano, F. (2016). Local governments managing austerity: Approaches, determinants and impact. Public Administration, 94(1), 223-243.
5. Mees, H. (2012). Evaluating the Global Crisis
6. Osborne, S. P. (Ed.). (2008). The third sector in Europe: Prospects and challenges. Routledge. Chapter 1 and Chapter 8
7. Cepiku, D., & Giordano, F. (2014). Co-production in developing countries: Insights from the community health workers experience. Public Management Review, 16(3), 317-340.
8. Van Dooren, W., Bouckaert, G., & Halligan, J. (2015). Performance management in the public sector. Routledge. Chapter 2 and Chapter 4
9. Quigley, J. M., & Rubinfeld, D. L. (1986). Budget reform and the theory of fiscal federalism. The American Economic Review, 76(2), 132-137.

Additional Materials:
10. Pollitt, C. (2014). Future trends in European public administration and management: an outside-in perspective. COCOPS Coordination for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future.
11. Randma-Liiv, T. (2008). New public management versus the neo-Weberian state in Central And Eastern Europe. The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, 1(2), 49-71.
12. Kickert, W. (2012). State responses to the fiscal crisis in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. Public Management Review, 14(3), 299-309.
13. Kappeler, A., & Nemoz, M. (2010). Public-Private Partnerships in Europe-before and during the recent financial crisis (No. 2010/04). Economic and financial reports/European Investment Bank.