• This course requires an enrolment key
  • The course is designed to introduce students to the study of, and research in, public administration, in the context of an increasingly globalised world, in which public and private actions intersect in hybrid and multilevel governance regimes.. It complements the other core course 'Public Policy: Theories, Traditions and Transitions', by exploring further the administrative dimension of policy processes. Mandatory readings cover core themes and support academic discussions, whichaddress specific questions identified in advance. The topics covered include: the scope and limits of public administration in the age ofgovernance; the nature and scope of public administration; the diversity of, administrative traditions; comparative and global challenges; disciplinary, theoretical and methodological perspectives on public administration; the specifics of; core aspects of public administration, egregulatory governance; fundamental issues such as accountability (including rule of law); intergovernmental relations and federalism; public budgeting and taxation; provision of public goods and social security; implementation models; public service personnel; ethics; administrative reform and development; politics, society and administration (including the role of NGOs).

  • The main objective of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of theoretical approaches to the study of public. The concern is to identify and analyse:

    1. some scholarly currents and traditions of public policy

    2. core concepts in policy analysis

    3. enduring theoretical questions and new dynamics

  • This class aims at preparing students for independent and advanced-level research in the field of European integration studies. It targets students who already have a good knowledge of EU policy-making both at an empirical and theoretical level. The course provides access to core debates in European integration studies by critically reviewing existing research in the light of new empirical findings. The course pays particular attention to the challenges of combining the theoretical frameworks and methodological tools of different disciplines in EU studies, and to how concepts and research perspectives developed mainly in the pre-enlargement context can be applied to the politics and policies of the EU-27 and/or require modification. In this the class aims at helping students to advance their own conceptual and empirical research frameworks and to situate themselves and their respective research projects in the wider disciplines of European integration studies.

    The course develops core analytical and theoretical skills and specifically aims at preparing students for a career in academia and/or in leadership positions in policy-making related to European affairs. The course is based on an interactive teaching methodology targeted at a small group seminar. Students obtain responsibility for acting as lead speakers on specific topics and practise peer review. To this end the course applies a number of formats which are characteristic of the future academic and/or professional environment of students such as panel discussion, presenter/discussant model, short lecture format, policy briefings and round table discussions.


  • This course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects. The aim of the course is to give students the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and qualitative analysis. In doing so, this course focuses more narrowly on the issues, problems, and strategies related to “small-N” qualitative research, for the most part setting aside the techniques of large-N statistical analysis, which are best taught in a separate course. Students will read and discuss texts related to theory formation and hypothesis testing; creating proxies and measurement; descriptive and causal inference; longitudinal, comparative and case study research; field data collection; working with texts and analyzing qualitative data; and, finally, dissertation write-up. Throughout the course, we will not avoid issues of epistemology—how we know what we know and how to adjudicate competing “truth” claims. However, since this course is intended as a practicum for conducting “normal” social science, we will set aside or bracket many of the epistemological and ontological debates in order to learn techniques for researching and analyzing social phenomena on a practical level. This course is divided into four main parts focusing on the following topics: (1) the goals of social science and elements of research design; (2) selection and application of different methodologies for conducting research; (3) collection of primary and secondary data on the field; and (4) analysis and synthesis of qualitative data in the dissertation-writing process.