All aspects of public administration and governance are taught at HSE University on the basis of closely linked basic and applied research, the results of which are often used to prepare practical recommendations. Regular completion of assignments for the Executive Office the Russian President and the Government of the Russian Federation is coupled with initiative work on measures aimed at boosting the performance of state and municipal institutions, as well as the public sector. The University’s subdivisions have been directly involved in developing measures for streamlining government processes, improvement of public service and incentivizing civil servants, optimizing budget processes, regulation of state functions and services, development of planning and evaluation systems for state agencies and their divisions, and interaction between state, business, and civil society.
As part of this work, contributions have been made in drafting a significant number of federal laws, strategies and government programmes. In addition, special attention has been paid to developing and providing methodological support, in tandem with the practical implementation of projects in public administration and strategic planning throughout Russia’s regions.
The research project outcomes on public administration and governance have been published in various high-ranking Russian and international journals, e.g., International Journal of Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Management Review, Journal of Public Procurement, Foresight, Questions of Public Administration, and others.
Since educational activities are carried out with a reliance on original research findings, HSE University’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in this field have received European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA), which is unique for Russia. The University also represents Russia on the Steering Committee of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). HSE University was the first institution in Russia to launch a dissertation committee and doctoral school in the field of public administration, public policy and governance.
The research topics to be given priority status in the coming period include the following:
- interrelations between the political-administrative, legal, economic and managerial aspects in public administration and governance in the context of Russian society and government, with consideration of their special features;
- programme and project administration, performance management and budgeting;
- optimization of regulation, including inspection activities;
- evaluation of the quality of public administration and governance at the federal, regional, and local levels;
- approaches to the digitization in government and the public sector, evaluation of its socio-economic conditions and consequences;
- motivation in the public sector;
- methods of expert support for decision-making in the public sector;
- analysis of factors contributing to the conflict of interest and anti-corruption measures;
- open government, citizen participation, relations between state, business and non-profit organizations;
- administrative and managerial models at the regional level within the concept of “global regions” and experiments at the sub-federal level, as well as the development of experiments at the sub-federal level;
- comparative research in public administration and governance;
- development of public policies in demographic development, health care, education, pensions, and social services, family policies and social protection, boosting employment, reduction of poverty and inequality.
In each of the specified topics, HSE University has made a lot of progress by completing significant projects. Research in all cases will also include the amassing of empirical data.
Contributions to the Development of Education
Further strengthening of ties between research, expert, and educational activities will result in, specifically, the establishment of a centre for student project work, which will focus on matters of public administration. This centre will consider real-life research and practical tasks, formulated both by the University’s research subdivisions and state bodies, as well as potential employers of future graduates.
Master’s programmes in this field will allow for target contract-based intake, with educational agreements signed with admitted students stipulating their post-graduation careers in public service. Established in 2019, the Doctoral School of Public Administration and Governance will become a base for training academic staff and researchers, who are competent in utilizing the latest best global practices in public administration.