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Political Science, Ma, Politics and Administration at the Local Level, 7,5 credits

General data

Code: SK025A
Subject/Main field: Statsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 3/1/2013
Date of change: 3/21/2016
Version valid from: 8/1/2016


The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of theories regarding the role of public administration in the political system. The course focuses specifically on the public administration at local level and organizational change in public administration at the local level from a comparative perspective.

Course objectives

After the course is completed the student should be able to:
- Analyze and critically assess different theoretical models relating to public administration in particular from a local perspective.
- Analyze and critical account of the organizational public administration undergone in particular from a local perspective.
- Independently formulate relevant research questions based on the theories of public administration role in the political system.


The course focuses on the role of public administration in the political system from several different perspectives. The course also addresses the role of public administration and its functioning at the local level. Within the framework of course also covers the organizational changes that public administrations have undergone at international, national and local level, but with a specific focus on the local level.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 Credits) in Political Science.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures, seminars, and tutoring. Attendance at seminars is obligatory. If demands for attendance are not met the student has the opportuntiy to complete the requirements the next time the course is given.

Examination form

Examination will take the form of written examination and active participation at seminars.

Grading criteria: see subject-specific grading criteria at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Baldersheim, H & H. Wollman (red)
Title: The Comparative Study of Local Government: Overview and Synthesis.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Barbara Budrish Publishers

Author: Pierre, J. & Peters, B. G. (red)
Title: Handbook of Public Administration
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Concise Paperback Edition, Sage Publications

Author: Schaap, L & H. Daemen (red)
Title: Renewal in European Local Democracies. Puzzles, Dilemmas and Options.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Springer VS

Reference literature

Author: Loughlin, J. & Hendriks, F. & Lidström, A (red)
Title: The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe
Edition: Senaste upplagan.
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Shafritz, J. M. & Hyde, A. C.
Title: Classics of Public Administration
Edition: Senaste upplagan.
Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth

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