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Political Science Ma, Public Administration, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SK018A
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: Humanities and Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 3/1/2013
Date of change: 7/4/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


This course is designed to offer an in-depth theoretical understanding of the role that public administration has, as a discipline and a field of inquiry, in the political system. The course investigates public administration from a comparative perspective. Additionally, it sheds light on corruption within governmental agencies as well as organizational changes within public administration.

Course objectives

After having taken this course, the students are expected to be able to:
• Analyze and critically reflect on the different theoretical models of Public Administration in a local, national and international level.
• Independently formulate research questions based on theory regarding the role of public administration


The course focuses on the role of public administration in the political system from different theoretical perspectives. It also examines the negative aspects and drawbacks—such as corruption-- within public administration, as well as these effects of these on the political system. Additionally, the development of public administration in a comparative perspective will be examined within the framework of this course.

Entry requirements

Bachelor in Social Sciences with 90 Credits in Political Science.


mands for compulsory attendance may be specified in a student’s guide. If demands for attendance are not met, the student has an opportunity to complete that the next time the course is given.

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 and seminars.

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

Osborne, D. & Gaebler, T., Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector, New York, Penguin Books,, Senaste upplagan

Pierre, J. & Peters, B. G. (red), Handbook of Public Administration, London, Sage, Senaste upplagan

Pollit, C. & Bouckaert, G., Public Management Reform, New York, Oxford University Press, Senaste upplagan

Reference literature

Pressman, J. & Wildavsky, A. B., Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington are dashed in Oakland : or, why it's amazing that federal programs work at all, this being a saga of the Economic Development Administration as told by two sympathetic observers who seek to build morals on a foundation of ruined hopes, Berkeley, University of California Press, Senaste upplagan

Shafritz, J. M. & Hyde, A. C., Classics of Public Administration, Belmont, Thomson/Wadsworth, Senaste upplagan

Artiklar tillkommer.

Scientific articles will be added.