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PhD course in public administration, 26-29 November 2012, University of Agder / Norway

A new PhD course is available (for free) for all phd students in political science, public administration and EU studies:

Composite Political Systems and Governance

PhD course in public administration

26-29 November 2012

University of Agder, Norway



Associate Professor Stefan Gänzle, Professor Dag I. Jacobsen, Post-doctoral fellow Anne Elisabeth Stie, and Professor Jarle Trondal

Learning outcomes

Students should attain a comprehensive overview of composite governance, both with respect to the concept's definitions and with respect to its current appearances in public sector organisations. Students should also be able to use different concepts of governance to analyze empirical cases and to outline research strategies in studies of composite governance.


Despite great variation in its use, the governance concept has faced two difficulties in much contemporary governance literature - the problem of conceptual stretching and a reductionist trap. This course discusses both pitfalls and suggests a definition of governance that avoids these conventional difficulties. The goal of this course is twofold. The first ambition is to identify key institutional components of what we call composite governance. The second ambition is to empirically examine contemporary composite governance at different levels of government.


The course is organized in four inter-linked parts:

  • Networked governance: Section I focuses on contemporary network governance at the local level of governance with an emphasis on the formation of networks in the formation of policies and provision of services at the local and regional level.
  • Legitimate governance: Section II discusses how to legitimate composite systems of governance. The aim is to understand how to legitimate a polycentric, multilevel, composite polity.
  • Multilevel governance: Section III conceptualizes and empirically illustrates an emergent multilevel European executive order.
  • External governance: Section IV discusses external governance of the EU. This section assesses under which conditions the EU is able to integrate its external environment into common systems of rules.

Teaching methods

Instruction will comprise:

  • Workshop given by lecturers
  • Student presentations of research papers
  • Individual feedback on each student's research paper


Students will be assessed based on a research paper submitted after the course (~6-7000 words).

Language of instruction


Contact for correspondence/registration

Professor Jarle Trondal: jarle.trondal@uia.no / +47 38 14 15 61

Advisor Malfrid Tangedal: malfrid.tangedal@uia.no / +47 38 14 15 49

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