Public Administration (MSc)
- The Hague
Want to understand how to address humankind’s most pressing issues - big challenges arising from climate change, technological innovation, economic and political crises - from the perspective of governance? The MSc in Public Administration is for you!
Student Economics and Governance
'I chose Economics & Governance because it reflects the interaction between the private and public spheres. I have an interest in this interaction and believe politics and the market are strongly interconnected.'
Governance and economy
I chose the Master Public Administration: Economics & Governance because it reflects the interaction between the private and public spheres. I have an interest in the interaction between government and the economy and that believe politics and the market are strongly interconnected. We cannot ignore the market when analysing politics and vice versa. This master program allows to connect public governance with the economy when assessing current Western welfare state challenges.
In my thesis I conducted research in assessing the effect of private initiatives that stimulate labor market participation of the unemployed; it is a private solution in an area traditionally covered by government. In the future, I hope to contribute to welfare state developments and societal problems, either from a public or private perspective, by focussing on state-market interactions and how together these can shape and improve our (international) welfare states.
Dean of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
"How can we address humankind’s most pressing problems from the perspective of governance?"
Although these and many other challenges differ in many ways, they all share a common underlying dimension, namely public governance: to address them in a meaningful way we need knowledge about political, administrative and societal actors and processes.
In the Master we concentrate on the management, steering, and coordination of political, administrative, economic, and social actors and the formal and informal regimes and policy processes within which they act towards addressing collective social problems at regional, national, and international levels.
In our Master we will teach you that societal challenges are multi-level governance problems. 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. We will also teach you that such societal challenges require a multi-disciplinary perspective. It requires the knowledge of economic, political, organizational, management and legal studies to gain a better understanding of them.
And, finally, we also will show you that societal challenges are transboundary problems. That is, they involve both the public and the private sector. This is what we aim for then: educating future academics with the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and professional skills that are capable of addressing our most important challenges. We educate people who know that governments alone can no longer steer societies on their own but need partners to do the job. Thus, we educate knowledge entrepreneurs, capable of working within (semi) public as well as private organizations towards solving our pressing social and economic problems.
“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.
What does this master programme entail?
The main question you focus on in the MPA is: How can we address humankind’s most pressing problems from the perspective of governance? Governance has many definitions; within the context of the MPA it concerns 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.
Three reasons to choose Public Administration at Leiden University
- The Leiden MPA takes a distinctive approach: governance is examined from a multi-level perspective with the object of effectively developing governance solutions to societal challenges. Taught in The Hague, a hub of international governance organisations.
- 3 unique specialisations: Economics & Governance, International & European Governance, and Public Management.
- Strong academic orientation; faculty drawn from Leiden’s Institute of Public Management with guest lecturers from the field.
Public Administration: the right programme for you?
- Are you fascinated in watching the whole context of dilemmas and challenges experienced by governments and societies worldwide?
- Do you want to address these issues from the perspective of governance?
- Do you have affinity with a specific area of governance, as addressed by the specialisations in this programme – like economics and governance, international governance, or public management?
- Do you want to contribute to research and practice in this crucial area?
Then this programme is for you!