Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to:
Describe the technical (operational) and institutional (regulative) conditions under which leaders and managers in the public sector operate
Give an account of the recent reform efforts and respective responses across the public sector
Explain how the public sector is affected by global- reform ideas and trends
Discuss to what extent new forms of management and leadership affect dynamics across the public sector, nationally (state) and locally (region/municipality)
The course will examine the ways in which, across the world, ongoing reform or modernization efforts across various branches composing the public sector like health, (higher) education, local government, etc. are resulting in new structural arrangements and performance shifts, in addition to changes in behavioral patterns and local identities. Major conceptual tools include: new public management (NPM) and post-new public management; the shift from governance to steering; the interplay between autonomy and control/accountability; strategic actor-hood; the role of global models/ideas; etc. Typical questions include, but are not limited to: What are the main drivers driving reforms processes across the public sector? What are the prevalent policy- logics and agendas? How and why are local actors responding as they are? What effects or outcomes - short and long run - can be identified (e.g. regarding change dynamics)?
Undervisnings- og læringsformer
Combination of lectures, seminars, group work and presentation of group work.
Group assignment (counts 30%) – group based grading. Written individual 5 hour exam (counts 70%). Graded A-F.
Studieprogramleder i samråd med studenttillitsvalgt fastsetter evalueringsform og om emnene skal ha midtveis- eller sluttevaluering, jf. kvalitetssystemet kapittel 4.1.