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Online Master in Public Administration and Government in Latin America

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND STATE REFORM

The administrative organization in the political system: The functions of public powers in contemporary States. Political relations and administration in Latin America. Public intervention through the provision of public services. State Models and public sector criticism. NGP and Latin America. Primary administrative traditions and models related to Latin America. Globalization and public sector reform. Surges of modernization in Latin American Public Administrations.

POLITICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Political science as backbone to the study of democracy. Elements of analysis of democracy, institutions, agents and political processes. Social analysis. Power and the state. The perspective of institutional analysis. State reform in Latin America. Social cohesion in Latin America: the conceptual debate. Panorama of social inequality in Latin America. Ethics and the fight against corruption in politics. Limited resources and growing demands from citizens.

FEDERALISM AND DECENTRALIZATION

State reform in Latin America. The major options and shaping elements of the decentralization processes. The tradition of centralism in Latin American policy. Governmental crisis, decentralization and State reform in Latin America. State-nation crisis and territorial distribution of power. The development of local governments in Latin America. Local autonomy and the importance of local policy. Public participation on a municipal level. Localism and re-politization on a municipal level.

INTEGRATION IN LATIN AMERICA.

International organizations and regional regionalism. Cooperation and integration in international trade. The phenomenon of regional economic integration. International cooperation organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Regional integration processes in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

THE DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF POLICIES

Political science as backbone to the study of public policy and Public Administration. The analysis of public policies as an analytical approach to Political Science. The design, implementation, and evaluation of policies. The definition of the provision of services. Characteristics of services. Servuction: factors to consider in the definition of service.

POLICIES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The fight against inequality. The policy of promoting the labour market and employment integration. Social policies and their impact on economic development in Latin America. The concept of economic development in the context of decentralization in Latin America. Public policy networks in development. Typologies of public action programs for development. INSTRUMENTS FOR ANALYSIS AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

Regulation as an arena for political interaction. Independent regulatory agencies in Latin America in the international context. Externalization of services and contracts, and the specificities of Latin America. New relationship models in the external provision of services. The concept of project planning. Programming techniques. The cost-benefit analysis in Public Administration.

ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

The problems of Public Administrations in Latin America. Strategies for institutional empowerment. The basic dimensions of an administrative structure. Organizational structures. Basic elements of the servuction approach. The focus of operational service management. Production of services and new paradigms of public management. The organizational culture of public management.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Basic characteristics of international public function systems. Current models in Latin America. Human resource and people management. Subsystems of human resources management. Planning, management and evaluation of the human resource system. Performance assessment of human resources. The implementation of a management model for professional competencies.

SERVICE MARKETING AND TRANSVERSALITY

Leadership, management and control of public administration and public services. The mission and public utility. The demand in public services. The inclusion of demand in the public intervention agenda. The network of agents in the public sphere. Situation analysis techniques. The concept of service quality. Establishing quality indicators and quality circles. Participatory design: quality circles. ICT in Public Administrations, digital government and open government.

ADVANCED CONCEPTS OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION: EXPERIENCES AND CASE STUDIES

This module corresponds to the on-site sessions. The content of these sessions includes: the critical review of the Governance models analysed and the generation of debate on their applicability in the Latin American environment, visits to political administrative institutions of different levels of governance and Public-Private sector partnerships, and personalized tutoring for students. The subjects developed will be related with the content worked on in the different subjects and will take place during morning and afternoon sessions on-site at the University, as well as on the premises of different institutions visited during the trip to Barcelona.

FINAL PROJECT

Definition and object of study. Description and diagnosis of the public policy chosen and its institutional framework. Specific proposals of action. Implementation of proposals for change. Conclusions and recap.

Final Degree

Final Degree

Once students have completed the programme, they will receive the degree Máster Universitario en Gobierno y Gestión Pública en América Latina from Pompeu Fabra University and the Ministry of Education.

Official Master's Degree: Upon successfully completing the master's program you will receive a final diploma awarded by Pompeu Fabra University. In order to issue the certificate, the Government of Catalonia charges an additional fee of approximately €200. The exact amount varies annually and will be finalized upon completion of the degree. In accordance with the regulations set out by the Spanish Ministry of Education this final diploma will be issued in Spanish.

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