Contemporary Public Management



Anastasia  A. Golubeva, Can.Sc., Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Administration, Graduate School of Management, St Petersburg University 




6 ECTS, 45 contact hours









Aim of the Course:   


The purpose of this course is to examine the main challenges facing contemporary public managers and take a comprehensive look at the public management as a field of research and the area of practice. Students learn about the evolution in approaches to government and governance, familiarize with the modern trends in public administration reforms and undertake the critical analysis of their results worldwide. After the course students will have the holistic view on governance quality and deep knowledge of different approaches to governance quality assessment. The course covers several actual topics for current public management practice including public sector innovations and managing change in public organizations, evidence-based policy, public participation, transparency and accountability.  


Course Content:       


Topic 1. Introduction to public management

Topic 2. Approaches to public administration: from public administration to public governance

Topic 3. Public administration reforms worldwide. Issues, challenges and results. Comparative Analysis.

Topic 4. Contemporary governance indicators. Rankings and ratings.

Topic 6. Managing innovations in the public sector

Topic 5. Special public management issues: public participation, transparency and accountability

Topic 6. Evidence based policy and practice 


Teaching methods:   


Lectures and Seminars, group work, group discussions, case-study 





Core reading:

The Oxford Handbook of Public Management / ed. by Ewan Ferlie, Laurence E. Lynn, Christopher Pollitt. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.




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