30350 - Administration and Public Policies

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  • Teacher Brunetta Baldi

  • Credits 10

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Sociology (cod. 8495)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze contemporary bureaucracies and policy-making. They will be familiar with the main framework of public administration and relevant public policies in Italy.

Course contents

The course will provide theoretical concepts and evolutionary perspectives for the general study of public administration and public policy. Some empirical case studies will be discussed and analyzed.


Peters B. Guy and Jon Pierre (2007), Handbook of Public Administration, Los Angeles, Sage: Introduction and Chapters 1, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 38, 47.

Bolgherini S. (2014), Can Austerity Lead to Recentralisation? Italian Local Government during the Economic Crisis, in “South European Society & Politics”, Vol. 19. No. 1, pp: 193-214.

Lippi A (2011), Evaluating the ‘Quasi Federalist’ Programme of Decentralization in Italy since the 1990s: A Side-effect Approach, in “local Government Studies”, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp: 495-516.

Teaching methods

Conventional teaching method supported by PowerPoint slides available online.

Assessment methods

Two mid-term written examinations.

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Brunetta Baldi