Comparative Governance and Public Administration
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Upon successful completion of this subject students will be able to:
- situate the study of governance and public administration in a broader comparative framework
- demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts of good governance reforms within international development
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory- and practice-based debates and their evolution within the international development arena since the 1980s. The debates include structural adjustment, privatisation, civil service reform, public financial management, 'good governance', judicial reform, anti-corruption, and participatory practice
- demonstrate skills of critical analysis, collaborative practice, communication and professionalism.
- The unit will examine key concepts in governance and public administration and the relevance of comparing developed and developing country cases
- This will include focusing on particular components of the good governance agenda, e.g. civil service reform or financial management
- Case study - examination of Asian examples of public administration structure and values and their similarities/differences with West;
- Case study - small/fragile/island states and their administrative challenges;
- Case study - the unique challenges facing resource-dependent states and sub-national jurisdictions such as WA;
- Case study - global administrative governance.
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Web links
- Book of readings
- Study guide
- Welcome letter
- Audio-Video streaming
- Resources and Links
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
Governance of organisations is influenced by international trends and experiences. This subject will focus on international and comparative approaches to public administration and governance. The subject begins with a review of public administration and development. The second half of the subject will explore the following topics: public administration in multiple contexts; comparative Westminster-Whitehall challenges; regional administrative challenges; and comparative administration of resource-rich environments. The Subject concludes with a discussion of our emergent transnational administrative arena and global administrative law.
- Analytical Essay (1500 words) (20%)
- Invigilated exam (35%)
- Participation (15%)
- Policy Memo (2000 words) (30%)