As of September 2017 the new name of this specialisation will be Public Management.
The specialisation Public Management: Linking Politics and Policy aims to educate future leaders in the public domain.
The world of managers in public organisations is becoming increasingly complex: they participate in various networks of external stakeholders, and they are expected to engage citizens and the general public in projects that aim to solve tough challenges in health care, education, immigration, and other policy areas. At the same time, they have to steer their organisation through difficult situations like government budget cuts and unexpected political events, and keep their employees happy in the process. This specialisation equips you with state-of-the art knowledge on these public management issues, the tools to study them yourself, and the skills to make a head start as a public manager, consultant, or policy maker.
“Public managers connect people to purpose”
The Public Management specialisation focuses on how public managers can contribute to the organisational capacity to solve societal problems by balancing the management of external relations with internal management activities. The management of public organizations is vital to the effectiveness of public policies since policy outputs and outcomes are to be generated by public organizations and their employees, often within complex networks with other public, non-profit and private sector organizations. We study how public managers’ leadership connects people to the purpose of delivering public value.
Public management as a field of study essentially focuses on public performance. We analyse managers’ decision making regarding the achievement of potentially contradictory organizational goals and how the effectiveness of their decisions is contingent upon the institutional context in which the organization is embedded. This context may provide opportunities, but also constraints, such as decreasing resources in the realm of the economic crisis.
Students of Public Management acquire knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and theories of public management as well as of state-of-the-art academic research. On top of this they develop the professional skills to use their knowledge in responding to management challenges in international, national and local public organizational settings.
“The specialization Public Management focuses on the various challenges that public managers face in practice.”
“Various courses teach us to deal with these challenges. The study is closely related to the reality of working in Public Management positions. An example is the course Change Management and Leadership. During that course we learn how leaders manage an organizational change due to for example cutbacks. This is very relevant, since organizations in The Netherlands are constantly undergoing organizational changes due to cutbacks. Our professors are experts in the subjects they discuss: they have done extensive research in their areas of expertise.”
“This master specialization takes place in The Hague. This provides the students with many opportunities. The Hague is the center of Public Administration. All the Dutch ministries are located in The Hague, thus there are ample opportunities for study related internships. For example, I did an internship at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and wrote my Master’s thesis following an internship at the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations. Both are only a five minute walking distance away from the University.”