ERIC Number: EJ1076680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Public Administration Education in Europe: Continuity or Reorientation?
Teaching Public Administration, v33 n2 p95-114 Jul 2015
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.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Administration, Public Administration Education, Educational Change, Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Alignment (Education), International Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Italy; Netherlands; Romania; Slovakia; Ukraine