Modern democracies face complex challenges, which have only intensified in the recent decade. Functioning in complex external and internal environments, governments and public organizations have to constantly adapt themselves to changing conditions and find innovative ways and tools to analyze reality and manage public affairs effectively and fairly.
In recent years, many political systems have experienced significant crises and challenges that have transformed modes of governance. There are indications that public dissatisfaction with and mistrust of government is rapidly increasing, especially during the deep economic crisis of recent years. Social and economic concerns have become more and more acute in modern democracies as growing economic inequality encourages political inequality and triggers political unrest. This process accelerates due to ineffective government and the deterioration of public trust in government.
Hence, policymakers face complex demands and challenges, which call for intense and fundamental training and professionalization of skillful care. The accumulated knowledge and experience in the field of public affairs indicate quite strongly that the quality of public management and the strong position of bureaucratic structures are essential tools of better governance. Other means are reliable political systems that work, an effective media and auditing system that serves as a watchdog, a rational and non-biased decision-making system that relies on participatory communities, and formal procedures in government that implement the highest standards of professionalism.
What you will study
The international MPA program provides a specialization in Public Administration, Public Management and Policy Studies, which will prepare students to direct policymaking and manage public organizations in a changing and uncertain environment where economic, social and political dynamics constantly influence the daily operation of governments.
The program establishes the theoretical foundations for policy analysis and for understanding the operative rationales of public organizations, but its focus is on professional tools to analyze and manage these areas.
The program offers advanced tools for: decision making and policy design; analyzing political-economy dynamics both locally and globally; strategic management in complex and uncertain environment; analyzing international policies and challenges related to cyber security, immigration, climate change, financial relations and trade; developing leadership and innovation in public organizations; analyzing the tensions between values such as ethical behavior, procedural justice, accountability and responsibility, economic equality and efficiency. Many of these tools and areas interact with each other and hence the program emphasizes an integrative approach which allows students to choose appropriate means to handle situations from a rich and diverse toolbox.