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GOVT3987: Comparative Public Sector Management

This unit explores how the public sector sets policy and delivers public services. It begins by using the main concepts and theories of public management and governance to assess the various trade-offs that are involved in designing and implementing different types of public sector change. These theories are then applied to evaluate specific change initiatives across different policy sectors in Australia and on a cross-national comparative basis. Topics include: modes of governance (including 'traditional public administration', 'new public management' and 'new public governance'), privatisation, performance management, partnership working and community engagement.

Code GOVT3987
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points in Politics or 12 credit points in International Relations or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically evaluate the key changes in public policy and public service delivery in recent decades, including major paradigm shifts and their impact on the public sector and the role of public managers
  • LO2. understand how specific reform initiatives have been informed by different ideas about how best to organise and manage the public sector
  • LO3. understand some of the differences in the way in which these reforms have been implemented, both within and between countries, and some of the factors that might help explain the variations
  • LO4. evaluate the consequences that reform initiatives have had on the public sector and critically assess some of the problems or dilemmas generated by the reforms we study
  • LO5. apply the concepts covered to specific 'real world' examples
  • LO6. develop your independent research skills
  • LO7. develop your critical analysis skills through investigation of relevant literature and case studies
  • LO8. develop your written and oral communications skills, including clear and logical expression of complex arguments.

Unit outlines

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