Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 116 Public Administration Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mehmet Turker, Research Assistant Mehmet Türker Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The course analyzes various models or approaches to public administration. The course introduces students to the basic ideas and theories of public administration.Why government is necessary, what is bureaucracy and why does it carry such negative connotation, how to reform the public sector, what tools does the government use in order to reach its goals and how does the decision-making process functions, as some of the principal issues we cover. The course will also cover basic concepts like public vs. private organizations, different levels of public administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, need for reform, and public policy processes. The course also deals with the problem of public sector ethics, corruption, their causes and consequences and the ways for combating these societal ills.

The course analyzes various models or approaches to public administration. The aim is to enable students to understand and evaluate models and traditions of public administration, specifics of public administration in Bosnia Herzegovina and in different countries, and analyze and compare organization and functions of public administration in these countries. The course also aims to develop the analytical and presentation skills of the students.

  1. Course introduction, Comparative Public Administration concept
  2. Political-Administrative Systems and Multilevel Government
  3. Bureaucratic Organization and Culture
  4. Organization, Management, and Policy
  5. Bureaucracy as Personnel System and Political-Administrative Relations
  6. Traditional Government Activities I: National Defense, Police, Law and Order
  7. Traditional Government Activities II: Economy, Finance, and Taxation Systems
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Social-Economic Services: Energy Management, Planning and Zoning, Industry and Trade
  10. Welfare Services and Policies: Health Care, Education, and Social Services
  11. Public Administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Public Administration of The European Union
  13. Public Administration of The USA
  14. Presentations: Country Profiles
  15. Presentations: Country Profiles


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Students will be able to - understand nature and function of governments and bureaucracies on all levels
    • - describe the global context of administration
    • - identify and explain the basic strategies tools) for Comparing various administrative environments.
    • - highlight and describe the key characteristics of the administrative systems of the selected Countries
    • - identify principal obstacles and problems to functioning bureaucracy and propose measures to alleviate these problems based on comparative study of different solutions within the EU and the Balkans.
    • Raadschelders,J.,Vigoda-Gadot, E. (2015) Global Dimensions of Public Administration and Governance: A Comparative Voyage. by. Publisher: Jossey-Bass
    • Chandler, J. A. (2002). Comparative public administration. London; New York: Routledge. Taylor & Francis e-Library

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0