Public administration is – as B. Guy Peters already observed – the crucial linkage between the political institutions of governing and the actual delivery of services. Public administration is a very important and active actor with respect to both designing policies and implementing it. Thus, a basic knowledge of public administration is of utmost importance for everybody, who wants to improve the circumstances of everyday life. Moreover, public administration should be in a shape that facilitates good governance.
Since the performance of public administration is continuously influenced by the ability to prevent corruption and to establish renewal programs, in this class we will thoroughly address two aspects of the current debate on public administration: (1) Causes and consequences of corruption in a comparative perspective. (2) Change Management as an approach reflecting on ways to reform public administration while being aware of path dependencies.
Both topics will be discussed in a systematic, research-oriented manner, starting with the design of a common analytic framework guiding the subsequent empirical research.
Lambsdorff, Johann Graf, 2006: Causes and consequences of corruption: What do we know from a cross-section of countries?, in: Susan Rose-Ackermann (ed.), International Handbook of the Economics of Corruption, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, Mass., 3-51.
Fernandez, Sergio/Rainey, Hal G., 2006: Managing Successful Organizational Change in the Public Sector, in: Public Administration Review, 168-176.