Public Management and Governance (Part Time)

MBA Module (Public Service)

Lecturer: John Raine


This module is constructed around three main themes:

  • The dynamics of public management and governance.
  • The role of the state in society.
  • The concept and development of democratic governance.

It provides an overview of the governance and management of public services and the key trends and debates that are raised in this context. It introduces various frameworks and models of public management and governance that should assist you in making sense of the complexity, tensions and contradictions that are characteristic of the contemporary public sector in the UK and internationally. The module seeks to relate academic perspectives to participants; own practice and experience of management and governance in a public service context, which they will be encouraged to explore in some depth in class, through reading, and in the assignments.

The specific aims of the module are to:

  • examine and assess the dynamics of public management and governance, with a particular focus on the UK;
  • critically understand the role of the state in society, again with particular reference to the UK;
  • appreciate better the concept and nature of democratic governance and the challenges of strengthening citizen engagement and participation in that context;
  • develop a richer understanding of the future for the public sector in the UK and of the prospects for public service provision both in the immediate period of financial austerity and in the longer term.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Critically understand the context for public management and governance in public services;
  • Critically analyse how public management and governance have developed from traditional public administration, through New Public Management, public sector modernization, into the context and priorities of the contemporary public sector context, and to appreciate how they are likely to develop into the future;
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of key theoretical and conceptual models underpinning public management and governance;
  • Demonstrate in depth understanding of the legacies of these different models in our public organizations of today;
  • Critically understand the different roles of the state, including those of provider, commissioner, regulator and enabler;
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of different models of democratic governance;
  • Critically understand the role that elected representatives play in public governance and the potential contribution of citizen participation in this context.

Method of Assessment

Written assignment: 2 x 2,000 word (50% each) or 1 x 4,000 word (100%)