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Public Administration Technologies and Policy Analysis

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
3 year, 2 module


Course Syllabus


The course is focused on the formation of professional competence of students as future civil servants. The purpose of the course is to develop an instrumental view of governance as a social, economic and political system. The course discusses instrumental dimension of public administration and governance, fundamental tools of public administration, and new tools of public governance in contemporary world. Workshops are mostly devoted to policy analysis as the assessment tool. Students are encouraged to understand tasks, rules, and contemporary approaches to public policy analysis.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce students to the major concepts and methods of public policy analysis and the application of public administration tools and technologies.
  • To explore the basic principles and methods of policy documents analysis.
  • To develop critical and analytical skills that could be applied in students’ term papers and projects.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Lists particular features of governance technologies application to practice of governance.
  • Defines fundamental and new tools of public administration and governance.
  • Describes Budget and Government Revenue Systems.
  • Compares performance budgeting and participatory budgeting.
  • Conducts an analysis of the administrative tasks defined in the Posdcorb Model
  • Analyses program design and implementation.
  • Identifies policy analysis documents according to the policy / decision making situation.
  • Diagnoses policy problem situations.
  • Applies methods of impact assessment and system models for policy analysis.
  • Suggests ways of increasing the efficiency of public administration through the improvement of tools of public administration.
  • Discusses features and tools of administrative decentralization in contemporary governance.
  • Compares open government and E- government technologies.
  • Debates mobile technologies for public administration and governance.
  • Illustrates public policy crowdsourcing and collaboration technologies.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Instrumental dimension of public administration and governance
    Public administration in society. Instrumental approach to political economics and governance. Direct and indirect governance. Traditional and innovative tools of public administration. Role of research in public administration. Purpose, scope and structure of the course: course introduction and syllabus discussion. Assignment orientation.
  • Policy analysis and assessment tools
    Policy analysis documents. Diagnosing policy problem situations. System modelling. Basic methods of impact assessment. Ways of increasing the efficiency of public administration through the improvement of tools of public administration.
  • New tools of public governance
    Tools of indirect governance. Tools for Digital Government. Social technologies of public administration
  • Fundamental tools of public administration
    Tools of public budgeting. Management tools in public administration. Public programs.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking Project Work
  • non-blocking Interim assessment
    The student develops a set of questions covering the topics discussed in class + obligatory reading materials.
  • non-blocking Final examination
    The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam includes 20 test questions that are uploaded and distributed via Google Forms. The students have to select the correct answer(s) to a given question from a small number of options or type their own answer (20-40 words). The set of questions includes project-based problem. The student will have to submit their answers, including a solution to the problem before the deadline.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class participation + 0.3 * Final examination + 0.2 * Interim assessment + 0.3 * Project Work


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Dunn, W. N. (2017). Public Policy Analysis : An Integrated Approach (Vol. New edition 6). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1571416
  • Lawrence, D. P. (2013). Impact Assessment : Practical Solutions to Recurrent Problems and Contemporary Challenges (Vol. 2nd ed). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=591243
  • Thissen, W. A. H., & Walker, W. E. (2013). Public Policy Analysis : New Developments. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=537663

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A method for human health impact assessment in social LCA: lessons from three case studies. (2018). International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, (3), 690. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-016-1116-7
  • Behxhet Brajshori. (2017). Public policy analysis and the criteria for evaluation of the public policy. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.4CFF5CF3
  • Bel-Piñana, P. (2018). Public-Private Partnerships in Roads: Economic and Policy Analyses. Universitat de Barcelona, 2018. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edstdx&AN=edstdx.10803.663251
  • Dr N.S.Raman, & Dr Y.R.M.Rao. (2018). Environmental Impact Assessment. [N.p.]: Laxmi Publications Pvt Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2228659
  • Guess, G. M., & Husted, T. (2016). International Public Policy Analysis. New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1286940
  • Jeremy Swinfen Green, & Stephen Daniels. (2019). Digital Governance : Leading and Thriving in a World of Fast-Changing Technologies. [N.p.]: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2269507
  • Rubin, I. (2015). Public Budgeting : Policy, Process and Politics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=944135