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Regular version of the site
2019/2020

How Russia Is Governed: Public Policy and Administration

Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course has the dual purpose of introducing students to the foundations of public policy and administration as an academic discipline and its peculiarities in the Russian context. “How Russia is Governed: Public Policy and Administration” is designed to guide students through complicated processes of public policy by focusing on the following key aspects – institutions, regions, procedures, including public service, decision making, budget, and reforms. Since public policy and administration are value laden, explicitly normative in their advice and action-oriented political sciences, students are encouraged to apply policy issue analysis and elaborate policy advice using both theoretical framework and Russian public policy features and processes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • introduce students to the foundations of public policy and administration as an academic discipline
  • demonstrate the peculiarities of public administration in the Russian context
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • is able to apply policy issue analysis
  • is able to elaborate policy advice using both theoretical framework and Russian public policy features and processes
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Evolution of public administration theories
  • Motivation for choosing civil service
  • Performance management and Data manipulation
  • The structure of public authorities and interconnections between government, economy and society in Russia
  • How government collect information about the country – data distortions
  • Recolonization of post-Soviet infrastructure by Russian Federation and the problem of ownerless (unregistered) property
  • Central bank and Ruble
  • Strategic planning in Russia
  • ICT in Public Administration: global approaches and local implication
  • Public Procurement in Russia. Corruption and opportunistic behaviour
  • Public services, Regulation. Evaluation process of public regulation and services
  • Healthcare
  • Spatially isolated local communities. Self-governance and interaction with the authorities
  • Self-isolated local communities. Self-governance and interaction with the authorities
  • Public finance
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance (lectures)
  • non-blocking Seminars (participation)
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1*attendance + 0.3*seminars + 0.6*essay
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bandiera, O., Prat, A., & Valletti, T. (2009). Active and passive waste in government spending: evidence from a policy experiment. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1CC27F24
  • Davidov, V. (2015). Beyond Formal Environmentalism: Eco-Nationalism and the “Ringing Cedars” of Russia. Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment, 37(1), 2–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/cuag.12043
  • Fitoussi, J.-P., Sen, A., & Stiglitz, J. E. (2010). Mismeasuring Our Lives : Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up. New York, N.Y.: The New Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=516482
  • Jordan Gans-Morse, Alexander S. Kalgin, Andrei V. Klimenko, & Andrei A. Yakovlev. (2017). Motivations for Public Service in Corrupt States: Evidence from Post-Soviet Russia. HSE Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.hig.wpaper.13.psp.2017
  • Niskanen, W. A. (1968). The Peculiar Economics of Bureaucracy. American Economic Review, 58(2), 293. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=4492495

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Anna Balsevich, & Elena Podkolzina. (2014). Indicators Of Corruption In Public Procurement: The Example Of Russian Regions. HSE Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.hig.wpaper.76.ec.2014
  • Batley, R., Larbi, G. A., & Palgrave Connect (Online service). (2004). The Changing Role of Government : The Reform of Public Services in Developing Countries. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=131991
  • The Palgrave handbook of public administration and management in Europe / Edoardo Ongaro, Sandra Van Thiel, editors. (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.496859285