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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2011
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:

  1. identify and explain the significant changes in public management theory and practice
  2. identify and explain the major theories underlying public management concepts
  3. identify and explain the practical significance of controversies in public management
  4. describe and analyse management practice in the public sector
  5. 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)

Dr Linda McGuire

Contact hours

3 hours per week