Executive Seminar

A new interplay between the state, business and civil society

In an age when private companies and non-governmental organisations are strongly involved in producing security, developing public infrastructure or delivering public goods, it is evident that we are currently witnessing a process of changing statehood, a process which also affects the administrative state. One of the most interesting developments in this context is the emergence of a new interplay between the state, business and civil society. The course analyses the changing ways in which actors from these three sectors interact and the challenges posed by this coordination. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines political science, public administration and law.

The course consists of three parts: The first part deals with the governance of interactions and gives an overview of governance structures and instruments for organising the cooperation between state and non-state actors in carrying out public purposes and delivering public goods. The second part of the course focuses on problems of institutional/organisational choice. The third part of the course takes an in-depth look at the phenomenon known as the “co-production of statehood”, an emerging theory in response to the fact that in many policy fields and in areas of limited statehood, we find a co-productive provision of public services (such as public-private partnerships, for example).

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation or the Certificate in European Governance.