This doctoral course is open to all PhD students interested in logics of public administration, public policy and public management.
It is part of the Swiss doctoral program “Public Administration” jointly offered by the University of Lausanne, the University of Berne and the Università della Svizzera italiana.
The course is piloted by Prof. Villeneuve of the Università della Svizzera italiana. It will take place on November 7th and 8th in Lugano Switzerland.
While broadening student’s horizons, this course also aims at ‘forcing’ students to actively engage with the texts, to debate their ramifications and implications and to confront other points of view. A PhD program would not be complete without the reading, discussing and debating of the main issues and subject in one’s field of study.
This course has two specific objectives:
Course Format and Preparation
This course is focused on the reading, analyzing, presenting and discussing of some of the most central contributions in the field of Public Administration.
One person will be responsible to present the article and two others will serve as discussants, making critical comments on the text.
Assignment for presenters:
Assignment for discussants:
Some of the Essentials
Public Administration as a Discipline
Waldo, Dwight (1955), The Study of Public Administration, New York: Random House – (Chapter 1: What is public administration?)
Dahl, Robert A. (1947) “The Science of Public Administration: Three Problems”, Public Administration Review, 7(1), pp.1-11
Hall P. A. and Taylor, R. C. R. (1996) Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms. Political Studies 44(4): 936-57
Weber, Max, (1922/1978), Economy and Society (two volumes). Ed. G. Roth and C. Wittich.
Berkeley: University of California Press – IX Bureaucracy, pp. 956 - 1006
Simon, Herbert (1946), “The Proverbs of Administration”, Public Administration review, 6(1), pp.53-97
Katz, Daniel & Kahn Robert L. (1966), The Social Psychology of Organizations, New York: John Wiley & Sons – “Organizations and the System Concept” pp.14 to 29
Taylor, Frederick W. (1922), “Scientific Management”, Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, January 25, 1912
Hood, Christopher (1991), “A Public Management for all Seasons?”, Public administration69, pp.3-19
Majone, Giandomenico (1997), ‘From the Positive to the regulatory State: Causes and Consequences of Changes in the Mode of Governance’, Journal of Public Policy, 17(2), 139-68
Public Policy and Analysis
Lindblom, Charles E., (1959) “The Science of ‘Muddling Through’”, Public administration Review, Vol. 19, pp.79–88
Rose, Richard (1991). What is Lesson-Drawing?. Journal of Public Policy, 11, pp 3-30
Peters, Guy B., The Future of Governing: Four Emerging Models, Kansas City: University of Kansas Press – Chapter 3 - The Participatory State