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Public Management

Public Management
type: Lecture (Master)

Professor Dr. Berthold Wigger

Lars Herberholz (Contact)

sws: 2
ects: 4,5



The lecture „Public Management“ deals with the economic theory of public sector administration. It is divided into four parts. The first section gives an overview of the legal framework of governmental administration in the Federal Republic of Germany and introduces the classical theory of administration as developed by Weber. Part two studies concepts of public decision-making, which have a significant impact on the operation of public sector administrations and where one focus is on consistency problems of collective decision-making. The third chapter deals with efficiency problems arising in conventionally organized public administrations and companies. X-inefficiency, information and control problems, the isolated consideration of income-spending-relations as well as rent-seeking problems will be considered. In section four the concept of New Public Management, which is a new approach to public sector administration that is mainly based in contract theory, is introduced. Its foundations in institutional economics are developed, with a focus on the specific incentive structures in self-administered administrations. Finally, the achievements of New Public Management approaches are discussed.



Basic Reading:

  • Damkowski, W. and C. Precht (1995): Public Management; Kohlhammer
  • Richter, R. and E.G. Furubotn (2003): Neue Institutionenökonomik; 3rd edition; Mohr
  • Schedler, K. and I. Proeller (2003): New Public Management; 2nd edition; UTB
  • Mueller, D.C. (2009): Public Choice III; Cambridge University Press
  • Wigger, B.U. (2006): Grundzüge der Finanzwissenschaft; 2nd edition; Springer