Worldwide, governments and societies today are confronted with big challenges like climate change, rapid technological innovations, and economic crises, that raise all kinds of new organizational, policy, and ethical issues. These challenges pose both opportunities and constraints for a multitude of public, non-profit, and private actors. For example, a sudden influx of refugees causes anxiety among citizens and high costs for shelter, but can boost knowledge and economic growth in the long run. Social media and advanced data sharing technologies enable citizens to organize themselves, but also come with potential risks of privacy invasion. The financial crisis has laid bare the fragility of the global economy, but also the important role that governments still play in regulating markets. Such challenges have political, administrative, financial, and policy aspects that need to be handled within a governance perspective. In the midst of all the turmoil, we expect governments to be transparent, effective, and efficient problem solvers. The main question that we ask in the Master of Public Administration is therefore:
How can we address humankind’s most pressing problems from the perspective of governance?
The Master of Public Administration focuses on the management, steering, and coordination of political, administrative, economic, and social actors, as well as the formal and informal regimes and policy processes within which they act towards addressing collective social problems at regional, national, and international levels. A defining hallmark of the master is that governance is studied and taught from a multi-level perspective. This means that there is no single level of governance at which societal challenges can be addressed best. For example, the Ebola disease started as a local governance problem of a few countries but transformed itself rapidly into a global problem due to the disease’s spread by means of modern transportation. Boat refugees, to take another example, who flee their homelands because of local famine or civil wars poses a major challenge for the European Union.
These examples show that for educating future public policy professionals, in order to be able to address these problems in an adequate ways, a holistic rather than a single-level approach is needed. Hence, the various tracks within the Master of Public Administration span the intricacies of multi-level governance by a multitude of public and private actors, all the way to the management of organizations and the behaviour of individual public managers.
- Economics and Governance
- International and European Governance
- Public Management
EU/EEA, Dutch (including Netherlands Antilles), Swiss or Surinamese: around €1,984.
Other: around €16,400.
If you would like to know more, perhaps regarding the specialisations, please get in touch or visit the programme introduction page on our website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/public-administration/en/introduction.
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Last updated October 20, 2016