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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Linda McGuire


This unit examines the theory and practice of modern public management with a special focus on three key themes: accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. Topics include the political and social context of public management; the differences between public and private management; the impact of the Constitution and federalism; the role of the minister and cabinet; reforms to the traditional model of public management; corporatisation and privatisation; budgetary reforms; the new administrative law; and the new federalism.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • identify and explain the significant changes in public management theory and practice
  • identify and explain the major theories underlying public management concepts
  • identify and explain the practical significance of controversies in public management
  • describe and analyse management practice in the public sector
  • analyse arguments and assess evidence on the effectiveness of different approaches to public management.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Linda McGuire

Contact hours

3 hours per week