Public Administration Management

Menedžment v javni upravi

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 57 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 27 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Simona Kustec


  • Assoc. Dr. Irena Bačlija Brajnik


Elective - expert




First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Studies of Democracy and Governance

Objectives and competences

The main aim of this course is to gain knowledge about management process, with a special emphasis on political sciences analysis of the administrative reform and modernization processes. A very special emphasis is also given to the introduction with the elementary concept relating to the public management administrative analysis and argumentation. The main aim of the course is to introduce systematical methodological and comprehensive conceptual basis, elements and contacts pf public administration management. Students will so gain competences of expert knowledge in the field, as well as analytical insights and synthesis of managing and leadership inside public sector be it from academic aspects (theories, concepts, principles) and/or also applied oriented research and communication of everyday practices in public sect work. Gained knowledge Will enable students to shape their own managerial proposals and solutions.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The main aim of the course is to gain political sciences focused knowledge about managerial and governance processes in public sector. A special consideration is given to the introduction of the basic theories, concepts, doctrine of understanding state – administrative relations, reforms and modernisation processes through the managerial approaches. Students will get the insights into theoretical as well as methodological complexity of analysing managerial phenomena in public sector from academic and applied-oriented research perspectives. It is expected that students will be able to carry out their own managerial proposal and solutions at the end of the course through the application of the gained theoretical and methodological knowledge on the concrete case study analysis. Students will be introduced with the following main contents: historical evolution of the managerial ideas and approaches in public sector; public sector management and the state institutional and process reforms; theories and variations of public sector management; concepts and elements of new public management; the role of public sector management in and for public policy-making; measuring and analysing public sector managerial parameters and impacts; current governance trends in public sector; selected international and foreign public sector management and governance practices.

Intended learning outcomes:

Students understand the concepts, laws, theories, phenomena, structures, processes, relationships that are related to the course. Students build on already acquired knowledge through the course content and verify them by concrete examples from practice. The acquired knowledge are also the basis for certain subject areas in the comming study at the second Bologna level.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars or project work, oral presentation, team work by teachers, active (reflective) teaching


Seminar work (1/2 of the final exam grade), other modes of written and/or oral examination (1/2 of the final grade). Positive grade of the seminar work is a precondition for approaching other types of oral and/or written examination.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Hughes, Owen E.
Title: Public management and administration : an introduction »
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publishing: Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, cop. 2003
ISBN: 0-333-96187-0; 0-333-96188-9
COBISS.SI-ID: 25384029 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Berman, Evan M.; Wang, XiaoHu
Title: Essential statistics for public managers and policy analysts »
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publishing: Washington : CQ, cop. 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60871-677-7
COBISS.SI-ID: 31405661 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Bovaird, A. G. (ur.); Löffler, Elke (ur.)
Title: Public management and governance »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: London ; New York : Routledge, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-415-43042-5; 0-415-43042-9; 978-0-415-43043-2; 0-415-43043-7; 978-0-203-88409-6; 0-203-88409-4
COBISS.SI-ID: 28239965 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Pollitt, Christopher; Bouckaert, Geert
Title: Public management reform : a comparative analysis »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 0-19-926848-7; 0-19-926849-5
COBISS.SI-ID: 23573597 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

3. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Pollitt, Christopher
Title: The essential public manager »
Publishing: Maidenhead ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 2008, cop. 2003
ISBN: 0-335-21233-6; 978-0-335-21233-0; 0-335-21232-8; 978-0-335-21232-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 28521309 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full and part study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Other written or oral tests or exams (ongoing examination)
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 2.

Curriculum was last modified on: 16.04.2020