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Issue № 67. April 2018

Public Administration Education in Russia and in European Countries

Marina V. Ivanova

Ph.D., Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The paper presents a comparative analysis, exploring public administration education in Russia and in several Central, Eastern and Western European countries (the Slovak Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Italy). This article will explore the content and context of teaching Public Administration in order to identify the major features of the disciplinary and methodological character of public administration educational programmes. Our ultimate question is to assess whether these programmes reveal some clear, solid public administration identity or there is an observable relation between the content of the programmes in the country and various factors of political and social context. An analysis of existing works in the field reveals the general consensus about the fact that the interdisciplinary nature of Public Administration poses specific challenges to educators. However, many authors argue that, since the discipline does not have measurable boundaries, the content becomes flexible and is influenced by the practice of public administration. Most comparative publications concentrate on English-speaking countries or on groups of relatively similar European countries like Eastern European ones. We think that the comparative analysis containing the countries with significantly different context for public administration education is underrepresented. This article may be considered as an effort to widen the focus of research in the field.


Public service, public administration education, comparative analysis.

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