Accounting for Time: Public Bureaucracies in a Changing Environment

Course leader: Professor Zuzana Murdoch (UiB)

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Course credits: 10 ECTS

Deadline for registration: 15 November, 2021

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Issues of time, temporality and temporal dynamics are central to any form of organizational life. In a public sector environment, they are omnipresent when deciding on policy priorities (e.g., when and in what order to engage in certain actions), during policy program development and implementation (e.g., budget cycles, setting up time budgets and horizons) as well as when dealing with major economic, health or terror-related crisis events (e.g., response speed, sequence, and length). 
 This course has three main goals. It aims to 
i) deepen students' theoretical and conceptual knowledge of time and temporal dynamics in public sector settings, 
ii) develop their understanding of the role of temporal dynamics in public management and governance (including crisis management), as well as 
iii) strengthen their methodological toolbox to study temporal dynamics at the individual and organizational levels. 
 To achieve these three aims, an important and unique feature of the course lies in its combination of both substantive and methodological modules, which will offer students thorough and comprehensive insights into the issues that arise form - and during - the study of public bureaucracies in a changing environment.

Tags: Public Policy and Administration
Published Sep. 16, 2021 3:19 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2021 7:03 PM