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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module will enable students to understand the role of public administration in the multi-level system of European governance. It provides an overview of the institutional features of public administration (actors, institutions, policy process) in several European countries. The module examines the interaction between the EU and member states' administrations in the preparation and coordination of national positions in the EU policy-making process and the implementation of EU legislation. The module will further explore the explanations for institutional adaptation and innovation in the domestic politics, polity and policies of EU member states which are attributed to Europeanisation, globalisation, and public management reform.


Introduction: European governance and globalisation, Europeanisation and administrative reform. Part 1: Theory and Concepts - Europeanisation and multilevel governance, Public management reform: New Public Management, the Neo-Weberian State and New Public Governance. Part 2: Actors and Institutions - State structure and administrative tradition, Core executives, Political-administrative relations - European Commission and member state administrations, Central-local relations, Agencification. Part 3: Policy process - National co-ordination of the EU policy making process, Implementation of EU policies.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On completion of the module students should be able to: Describe the main features of public administration in a selection of European countries Compare features of public administration reform in a selection of EU member states Understand the concepts of Europeanisation and theoretical explanations for trajectories of public management reform Appraise literature on political-administrative interactions between the EU and the member states. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different administrative systems and their cultural context Use communication and information technology to retrieve and present information Present literacy skills through assigned readings, discussions and written papers Identify the main information sources on the Europeanisation of national public administration and administrative reform Identify between different types of administrative reforms and their application from official documentation Present explanatory arguments systematically, including analysing evidence and applying general approaches or theories to organise, analyse and clarify choices.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On completion of the module students should be able to: Understand the values and norms that underpin the role of public administration in the European Union member states.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

not applicable

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The graduate seminar in European Governance will be composed of lectures, students presentations, discussions and students will engage with several modes of assessment (e.g. literature reviews, presentations, papers, blogs/learning diaries). Knowledge: Through lectures, readings and online materials students will be equipped with the relevant knowledge to understand key trends and challenges in contemporary European governance. Proactive: Students will undertake individual research to complete assignments, participate in group work and become familiar with a variety of academic sources. Articulate (written and verbal): Students will participate in presentations, class discussions and develop written papers in order to enhance their competence in applying disciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills. Responsible: Students will recognise the importance of independent work and their contribution to a graduate class.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Pollitt, C. and Bouckaert, G. (2011) Public Management Reform , Oxford University Press
Chandler, J. (2013) Comparative Public Administration , Routledge
Dodds, A. (2013) Comparative Public Policy , Palgrave Macmillan

Other Relevant Texts:

Lodge, M. and Wegrich, K. (eds) (2012) Executive Politics in Times of Crisis , Palgrave MacMillan
Peters, Guy. P. (2009) The Politics of Bureaucracy , Routledge
Egeberg, M. (ed) (2006) Multilevel Union Administration. The Transformation of Executive Politics in Europe , Palgrave Macmillan

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

MAEPGOTFA - European Politics and Governance
MAPOLITFA - Politics
MAPDSTTFA - Peace and Development Studies
MAINSTTFA - International Studies
MAPUADTFA - Public Administration
MAGLCETFA - German Language and Culture in Europe

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