Public Administration: An Academic Programmes Approach

Vladislavas Domarkas


A genesis of the academic programmes in the field of public administration, tendencies of their development in different countries (including Lithuania) and peculiarities of content are discussed in the article. It is shown that in different periods of development of public administration as an academic discipline tasks and objectives were changing, however permanently the fundamental concerns were effectiveness in achieving the goals of government and constitutional support (political effectiveness) and competence in the performance of all public enterprises (managerial effectiveness). It is why academic programmes in the field of public administration were developed taking into account political, legal, managerial and occupational perspectives. Modern academic programmes of this field are interdisciplinary. By analysing programmes of different universities, it was found that they differ from each other in their structure and courses content, in particularly varies their focus (management, political and legal). It is shown that contemporary challenges for public administration (ideas of the new public administration and new public management) are giving new tasks for public administration academic programmes and therefore the focus of the programmes is changing more and more often emphasising significance of management subjects.


public administration; academic programmes

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