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Managing the Public Sector

Module code: PAMG 3423

Module description

Since the early 1980's, the public sector around major industrial nations has undergone a major transformation. This module identifies and examines changes in the management and operation of the public sector and in turn studies the forces that have shaped this process of change. In undertaking this investigation the module analyses the wider political, managerial and ideological context of public sector management. Finally, the module identifies the parallel changes that have taken place in Hong Kong in recent years in the effort of re-engineering the government. This module will: 1. Outline the nature of the politics of administration and management and set these within the context of globalisation and neoliberalisation; 2. Consider the significance of changes in the management of the public sector, including the introduction of concepts such as new public management (NPM), post-NPM, and the role of new public governance and governance networks; 3. Examine the nature of administrative traditions, political leadership, bureaucracies, quangos and agencies, local government, interest groups, participation, and international organisation.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 26 hours
  • Tutorials: 13 hours


  • Essay 50%
  • Examination 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books