GV483      Half Unit
Public Management Theory and Doctrine

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kira Matus CON6.10 and Miss Maja Rasmussen


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University). This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Management and Strategy, MSc in Public Policy and Administration, MSc in Public Policy and Administration (Research), MSc in Regulation and MSc in Regulation (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Other postgraduates require permission of teachers responsible.

Course content

The course offers an intensive introduction into key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts. Topics include administrative doctrine, implementation, organizational change and inertia, capacity building, performance-management, leadership, institution creation, transparency and risk management. Public management is treated as an interdisciplinary field of study, with a particular emphasis on the administrative practices and change as well as the critical analysis of practical arguments about Public Management


10 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to complete two formative essays.

Indicative reading

M Barzelay, The New Public Management, 2001; C Hood, The Art of the State, 1998; C Hood and M Lodge, Politics of Public Service Bargains, 2006; E Bardach, Getting Agencies to Work Together, 1998; M Barzelay and C Campbell Preparing for the Future, 2003; C Hood & M Jackson, Administrative Argument, 1991; H Simons, Persuasion in Society, 2001; E. Ferlie, L. Lynn and C. Pollitt Oxford Handbook of Public Management, 2005; C Hood and H Margetts, Tools of Government in the Digital Age, 2007.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 7.3
Merit 51.2
Pass 40.2
Fail 1.2

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 28

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 74.7%



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