Public Administration Education in Europe: Continuity or Reorientation?

Hajnal, György (2014) Public Administration Education in Europe: Continuity or Reorientation? Teaching Public Administration, 11. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0144-7394


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The article explores the changing patterns of disciplinary orientation in European public administration (PA) education. The study builds on an earlier research, which defined three distinct clusters of countries, based on their specific PA education tradition. It asks whether countries’ movement away from the Legalist paradigm has continued since then and if yes, what were the factors triggering the shift and towards which cluster: corporate or public. The empirical basis of the article is a small-scale expert survey involving ten European countries. The key finding of the research is that since the early 2000s the geographical scope of Legalism in PA teaching has shrunk further with a number of formerly more Legalist-based countries having moved towards at least one of the two alternative clusters. These changes can be attributed to the demonstration effect of the international PA education field and a shift in actual needs triggered by domestic reforms. However, some countries in the response set – notably, Germany and Hungary – seem to remain largely unaffected by these trends and continue on an overwhelmingly Legalist PA education path.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science / politológia > JA Political science (General) / politológia általában
J Political Science / politológia > JF Political institutions (General) / politikai intézmények, államigazgatás általában
Depositing User: Veronika Tamás
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 14:29
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 00:15

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