Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 7
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Nicola Giannelli

Assigned to the Degree Course

Political Science, Economics and Government (L-36)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Main goal of the course is the understanding of bureaucracy as a kind of organization and as the main tool of government in a comparative view. 


The traditional power, charismatic and legal-rational and the different types of administrative apparatus according to Max Weber

The concentration of powers of the modern state and the development of the liberal state.

State constitutional law and social birth of the welfare state.

Efficiency and rationality of administrative

Division of labor and professionalization of the officer

Hierarchical organizational and functional differentiation of the modern state

The duty of impartiality of the official and the coldness of the relationship with citizens.

Legal formalism, ritualism and rules of self-reference of the offficials

The defense of the privileges of the official

The relationship between democratization and extension username bureaucracies.

From the concept of government to that of goverance

The advantage of the specialized knowledge of the official

The slowness of the adaptive capacity of the bureaucracy

The distortions of the hierarchical pyramid model

The remedy to the distortions: proliferation of committees and working groups

The system of incentives as an instrument of government

Cost-benefit analysis and technocratic dream

Market and regulatory state

The phenomenon of regulatory capture

The decision as a result of balance of power

The iron law of oligarchy Michels

The benefits of the market in resource allocation

Coase and transaction costs

The conservatism of the political leadership

The principle of efficiency

The neo-institutionalism

The revolution of the New Public Management

The professionalization of the civil service

The ENA and schools of public administration (the Oxbridge model)

The esprit de corps of the administration

Processes of decentralization / devolution administrative

Deverticalisation ministries

The German cooperative federalism

Consultation and the neo-corporatism

The Spoils System American

Access to the contest / competition

The advance for appointment or co-optation or seniority

The relationship between politics and administration

Cabinet offices and organs of staff

Specialism / generalist of the bureaucratic culture

The process of departmentalization and agenzificazione

The importance dellautonomia management and accountability systems.

Managing by objectives, contracts and haughty forms of managerialism and outsourcing.

Privatization form and substance.

The transparency of the acts of the PA

Controls stretegy and management

The responsibility of leadership through monitoring and evaluation

Service charters and codes of ethics

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Understanding of analysis concepts and ability link concepts in different environements and times. Comparative evaluation.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Students can get support during reading and writing

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lessons in class and support in studying and writing

Course books

Text in english will be suggested taking into account interests an curriculum of students. Texts in french or spanish language are possible.  


Oral examination in italian, in english, french or spanish and/or presentation of a paper

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

Text in english will be suggested taking into account interests an curriculum of students. Texts in french or spanish language are possible.  


Oral examination in italian, in english, french or spanish and/or presentation of a paper


For any kind of need or information, please contact teacher at nicola.giannelli@uniurb.it

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