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KINT 7825 - Public Administration in a Global Context. Issues and Solutions for Public Managers

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no prerequisites attached to this seminar. An interest in Public Administration and/or Organizational Theory would be a plus.

Course Description

Whether they work within national, supranational or global organizations, public managers must understand their activity in its international context. This course provides a foundation for this understanding. To this end, it offers theoretical and practical tools to grasp contemporary issues faced by public administration and managers when public and private actions intersect in multilevel governance regimes. A particular emphasis is put on the policy dilemmas they face when various stakeholders are involved at different level of governance. Through a range of case-studies from a variety of policy areas, common solutions are also presented and collectively discussed. Overall, this course intends to provide students with the basis of thinking about public management in the 21st century.


BENOIT, Cyril (CNRS Researcher)

Pedagogical format

Each session is organized in two steps. During approximately one hour, professor introduces, presents and discusses the topic of the corresponding session. Then, 2-3 students present the reading or case-study attached to the session (20 minutes). Professor comments (10 minutes), and professor and students exchange on this basis (30 minutes). In this context, the first part mostly deals with scholarly insights (though applied to PG students' needs); while the second part, based on class discussion and case-study, ensures linkage between research evidence and everyday lifework of public managers.

Course validation

20 minutes oral presentation (2-3 students) based on an article/paper = 30% Essay, 7-10 pages (written version of oral presentation including professor's and students' comments) = 50% (due for session 12, 1 essay per group) Oral participation = 20%


Since it is a seminar, course workload mostly rests on oral participation and more generally on involvement in collective discussion in class.

Required reading

  • Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley, and Henry Lambright (eds.) Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance (2015)
  • Zeger van der Wal, The 21st Century Public Manager: Challenges, People and Strategy (2017)

Additional required reading

Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston (eds.) The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance (2015)