POL5101 - Theories of Government and Public Administration

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2019/20

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to
  • examine critically major theories about the state, the role of government and the nature of public administration, public management and governance;
  • discover the theoretical and practical issues underpinning current trends whereby public administration is being reformulated in terms of public management and/or ‘good governance’;
  • evaluate the similarities and differences in the roles and management of, and interactions between, the public, private and non-governmental sectors;
  • apply the theories of government, governance and public administration/management to analyse the quality of governance in Hong Kong, China, and related countries;
  • enable students to analyse public administration/management issues with reference to the respective historical, political, economic and social environments, and to recommend possible approaches for resolving the problems

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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