• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amanda Smullen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course introduces students to the core themes, theories, contemporary and historical experiences of public sector management and administration. The scholarship of public management and administration is located within a transnational, comparative and longitudinal context, wherein you will be exposed to international trends of best practice in public administration over time. You will learn to examine public sector management reforms through a range of theoretical lenses including political, sociological and economical. Moreover, you will learn to examine and distinguish between attributes of political administrative tradition, organizational function, and sequences in development, and how these shape public management reform trajectories.
Topics covered include political administrative traditions, administrative doctrines and organizational principles, privatizing and devolving the state, collaborative governance and networks (in multi-level/federal contexts), institutions of accountability, performance measurement, transparency and experimental/democratic learning.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Demonstrated ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of public management and administration in a comparative context;

demonstrated ability to participate constructively in class discussion of issues relating to public management;

demonstrated ability to develop a detailed proposal for reform of a particular public institution or process.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus. 

Indicative Assessment

In class quiz (20%)

Case Study (30%)

Research Paper (50%)

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Prescribed Texts

A ‘brick’ of prescribed  readings will be available for purchase.

Preliminary Reading

G. B. Peters and J. Pierre (eds), The Handbook of Public Administration (Sage 2003); O. Hughes, Public Management and Administration  Third edition (Palgrave Macmillan 2003)

Reading lists will be provided for each topic in the course outline


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8672 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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