Comparative Public Admin
Run by Bangor Business School
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Koen Bartels
Overall aims and purpose
NOTE: If you register for this module, you cannot also register for ASB-3310 Financial Econometrics.
This course introduces students to the organisation and management of the public and non-profit sector. It explains what the differences are between business and public administration and why it is important to study how political decisions and public services are put into practice. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how public administration works in different settings. It explores the role of national culture and history, politics, and levels of government. Comparing three European case studies along these dimensions, important trends and developments are highlighted, such as decentralisation and austerity. This will prepare students for careers in a wide range of roles working in or with the public and non-profit sector across the world.
Introduction and overview: public administration and the comparative approach Culture and history of public administration; Relationships between politics and administration; Multi-level governance; The United Kingdom: a system of asymmetric power; The Netherlands: the consensus state tradition; Italy: a history of administrative complexity; Decentralisation, collaboration, and participation; Globalisation, privatisation, and austerity; Conclusions: reforms, comparison, and non-western societies.
Demonstrates a basic, yet not always coherent understanding of decentralisation. Discusses some of its goals, changes, and implications, but omits important elements. Is able to relate elements of the reforms to theories of governance and make basic comparisons. Offers some reflection on the information and analysis provided. Uses a satisfactory yet limited number of references, mainly online sources.
Demonstrates a good, yet at points lacking understanding of decentralisation. Provides a more or less complete and coherent overview of its goals, changes, and implications. Is able to analyse the reforms in reference to theories and issues of governance and formulate comparative insights. Offers suitable reflection on the information and analysis provided. Uses an appropriate variety of references, including some academic sources, authoritative reports, or legal documents.
Demonstrates an excellent understanding of decentralisation. Provides a thorough overview of its goals, changes, and implications. Is able to critically analyse and compare the reforms based on theories and issues of governance and reflect on its theoretical, practical and normative implications in a comparative fashion. Offers critical reflection on the information and analysis provided. Uses a comprehensive variety of references, including key academic sources, authoritative reports, and legal documents.
Understand the organisation and management of public administration in a comparative fashion,
Appreciate the context and importance of studying public administration.
Understand the role of national culture and history, politics, and levels of government.
Recognise the implications of important trends and developments such as decentralisation, collaboration, globalisation, and austerity.
Appreciate the importance and challenges involved with reforms and comparison.
Use the insights to navigate the world of public administration in their future work settings.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Peters, B.G. (2016). The Politics of Bureaucracy. 7th edition. London: Routledge. Chandler, J.A. (Ed.) (2014). Comparative Public Administration. London: Routledge.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- N100: BA Business Studies year 3 (BA/BUSS)
- N102: BA Business Studies (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/BUSSIE)
Optional in courses:
- NN45: BA Accounting and Banking year 3 (BA/AB)
- NQ26: BA Astudiaethau Busnes a Chymraeg year 3 (BA/ABCH)
- NN36: BA Accounting and Banking with International Experience year 4 (BA/ABIE)
- NG10: BA Business and Computer Information Systems year 3 (BA/BCIS)
- NN13: BA Business Studies and Finance year 3 (BA/BSF)
- NN14: BA Business Stud & Finance (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/BSFIE)
- N1R1: BA Bus Stud with French year 3 (BA/BSFR)
- N1R2: BA Business Studies with German year 3 (BA/BSGER)
- N1R3: BA Business Studies with Italian year 3 (BA/BSIT)
- NN15: BA Business Studies and Marketing year 3 (BA/BSM)
- N1R4: BA Business Studies with Spanish year 3 (BA/BSSP)
- NM11: BA Business and Law year 3 (BA/BUSALAW)
- N1T1: BA Business Studies and Chinese year 4 (BA/BUSCH)
- NR1C: BA Business Studies/French year 4 (BA/BUSSF)
- NR1F: BA Business Studies and German year 4 (BA/BUSSG)
- NR1H: BA Business Studies and Italian year 4 (BA/BUSSI)
- NR1K: BA Business Studies and Spanish year 4 (BA/BUSSS)
- LN14: BA Economics/Accounting year 3 (BA/ECA)
- LN15: BA Accounting & Economics (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/ECAIE)
- R1NC: BA French with Business Studies year 4 (BA/FBS)
- R2NC: BA German with Business Studies year 4 (BA/GBS)
- N2N4: BA Management with Accounting year 3 (BA/MAF)
- N500: BA Marketing year 3 (BA/MK)
- N5R3: BA Marketing with Italian year 4 (BA/MKITAL)
- N5R1: BA Marketing with French year 4 (BA/MKTFR)
- N5R2: BA Marketing with German year 4 (BA/MKTGER)
- N5R4: BA Marketing with Spanish year 4 (BA/MKTSP#)
- R4N1: BA Spanish with Business Studies year 4 (BA/SPBS)
- NN44: BSc Accounting and Banking with International Experience year 4 (BSC/ABIE)
- NN43: BSc Accounting and Banking year 3 (BSC/ACCB)
- L190: BSc Business Economics year 3 (BSC/BEC)
- L191: BSc Business Economics with International Experience year 3 (BSC/BECIE)
- N101: BSc Business Studies year 3 (BSC/BS)
- NN1H: BSc Business Studies and Finance year 3 (BSC/BSFIN)
- NNM1: BSc Business Studies & Marketing with Intl Experience year 4 (BSC/BSMIE)
- NN1M: BSc Business Studies and Marketing year 3 (BSC/BSMKT)
- N501: BSc Marketing year 3 (BSC/MKT)
- N2NK: BSc Management with Accounting year 3 (BSC/MWACC)
- 2R87: BSc Psychology with Business year 3 (BSC/PWB)
- 2R88: BSc Psychology with Business with International Experience year 4 (BSC/PWBIE)