The School of Public Administration and Municipal Management
SU - HSE
The School of Public Administration and Municipal Management was founded in 2003 and
trains personnel for:
The Civil Service (Federal and Regional authorities of the Russian Federation);
The Municipal Civil Service (local authorities);
Public and Municipal Agencies;
Research and academic institutions;
Other organizations, including those involved with government.
Currently over 330 students of the School are completing a five-year degree course or are
completing a two-year masters’ program.
The School works in close cooperation with Institute of Public Administration and
Municipal Management of the SU-HSE (IPAMM), creating a joint teaching and research
centre. Academic staff, graduate and PhD students of the School are involved in the research
activities of the Institute. Researchers of the Institute, in turn, are involved in course
development and delivery. The concept of a “Research University” finds expression in the
collaborative activities of the School and the Institute: specialists obtain both professional
skills and practical experience. Cooperation with the School helps the Institute to retain high
numbers of research staff.
Studying at the School
The course-content for specialists in modern public administration is well established. The
standard curriculum consists of economics, management, and legal studies. However, each
university weights these elements differently. The State University - Higher School of
Economics emphasizes economics since it is our conviction that the thinking and decisions of
civil servants must have a clear economic rationale. The comparative advantage of the School
consists in providing its graduates with a high level of economic skills. Alongside micro-and
macroeconomic subjects, students study the theory and practice of public finance
management, urban economics, econometrics, budgeting methods, labor economics,
accounting, audit and economic and social statistics.
Students also study the theory and methods of contemporary management, comparative public
administration, the theory and practice of public administration, human resource management,
project management, and other managerial courses. These studies will greatly assist graduates
in obtaining employment in the public and private sectors.
Legal studies include the principle components of law with due attention given to
constitutional, administrative, tax, budgeting, and municipal law. These basic law courses are
taught with an emphasis in the application of law to practice. Procedural aspects are important
for future administrative officials as these are connected with the drafting of legislation,
production of normative law documents, and participation in judicial review procedures.
A thorough study of mathematics will help graduates competently to apply methods of
analysis to social and economic policy.
Intensive language training will enable future civil servants to integrate into the global
administrative community, easily communicate with foreign colleagues, improve their ability
for life-long learning, and engage in research into the experience of foreign administrative
The School has special expertise in administrative and civil service reforms and benefits from
extensive links with federal ministries, central and local government agencies and research
institutes, including the RF Presidential Administration, the State Duma, the Federation
Council, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Accounting Chamber, the
Institute of Public Administration and Municipal Management, the Institute of Urban
Economics and others. These links ensure that we provide an exciting and varied range of
internship placements for the students of the School. The internship will allow future
specialists to gain a feeling for civil service and what is more important, to understand the
problems of those whom the government is called upon to serve.
Students may also choose to participate in summer schools and study tours offered by leading
universities in Great Britain, China, the USA, and France.
The School has six Departments: Civil Service, Public Finance, Municipal Management,
Theory and Practice of Public Administration, Urban Economics, Organization Theory.
Civil Service Department
The Department was founded in 2005. The Chair of the Department is Professor Alexei
Barabashev. The Department consists of six Professors, one Associate Professor, and one
Courses include: Introduction to Civil Service; Philosophy of Management; the Civil Service
and Civil Service Reform in the Russian Federation; Civil Service Basics, Ethical Behavior
and Conflict of Interests. There are also master-classes in Empirical Civil Service; Labor
Relations; the Social Protection of Civil Servants; and Administrative Law.
Professors of the Department participate in the federal program of Civil Service Reform in the
Russian Federation, and in international projects sponsored by the European Commission
(Administrative Reform 2 and Administrative Reform 3).
Public Finance Department
The Department was founded in 2002 and is chaired by Professor Mstislav Afanasiev. There
are five Professors, one Associate Professor and two Senior Lecturers. Some of the
Department’s Professors hold posts in the Government, for example, the Minister of Finance,
Alexei Kudrin, and the Head of the Budgeting Committee of the Federation Council, Eugene
The Department delivers courses on Budget Policy and the Budget Process, Public and
Municipal Revenues, Public Finance Control, Public Retirement Schemes, Public Finance
Organs, and master-classes in Contemporary Public Finance Policy, Financial Monitoring,
and Globalization in Public Finance.
Training in the Department provides students with a command of public finance management
and audit, and, specifically of budget formulation and implementation, organization of public
finance bodies, inter-budgetary relations and the provision of social services.
Students acquire internship and job placements in the Federal Ministries, the Federation
Council, the Accounting Chamber, and in public and municipal authorities.
Municipal Management Department
The Department was founded in 2005. The Chair of the Department is Professor Simon
Kordonsky. There are three Professors.
The Department delivers courses in the Theory and History of Municipal Management, Social
Solidarity and Social Tension, Administrative Markets, Phenomenology of Municipalities in
Russia, and master-classes in the Hierarchy of the Administrative and Territorial Structure of
Graduates find employment with the regional or local authorities of the Russian Federation.
Theory and Practice of Public Administration
The Department was founded in 2003 and is currently chaired by Vice-Rector of SU-HSE,
IPAMM Director, and Professor Andrei Klimenko. There are also three Associate Professors,
and four Readers there.
The Department teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Public Administration,
Comparative Public Administration, Administrative and Municipal Management, Empirical
Public Administration, History of Public Administration in the Russian Federation,
Administrative and Party Systems in RF and Policy Analysis.
The Department organizes seminars and conferences on administrative and civil service
reforms, program evaluation and policy analysis, and international cooperation in curriculum
Graduates of the Department acquire the knowledge and practical skills that qualify them to
become effective administrators and managers of public and local authorities, as well as
analysts and consultants in public administration “think tanks”.
The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation provides the
principal internship and job placements for our students and graduates.
Department was founded in 2003 in an agreement between the Institute of Urban Economics
and the SU-HSE. The Chair of the Department is Associate Professor Alexander Puzanov.
The Department has four Professors.
The Department teaches courses in Urban Economics, Management of Municipal Social and
Economic Development, Housing Economics and Housing Policy, Municipal Finance and
Municipal Social Policy.
The link between the Department and the Institute of Urban Economics provides
undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity of actively participating in research
and consulting projects relating to the reform of city infrastructures and the system of
municipal management in Russian cities and in the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) countries and to find employment with public and municipal authorities.
Department of Organization Theory
The Department was founded in 2004. The Deputy-Chair of the Department is Associate
Professor Elena Popova.
The Department offers courses in Basic Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior
and Diagnostic of Management Processes, Methods for Rational Decision Making.
The Department is engaged in research in Human Resource Management and regularly
publishes articles in such leading Russian journals as Socis, Personalities. Culture. Society.,
and Business Education.
In June 2005 a Student Council was established, with a view to:
Representing and protecting students’ rights before the administration of the School
and the Institute;
Improving conditions of study at the School and assisting in the implementation of
Organizing various events, including research conferences, School festivals and
In February 2006 the first student research conference was held in the Moscow Region on the
topic of “Contemporary Problems and Prospects of Modernization in the Public Sector”. The
conference was organized by the Student Council. The agenda included:
The Restructuring of Public Authorities in the course of Administrative Reform in
Electronic Russia: Myths and Reality;
Modernization of Public Administration and the founding of the Social Chamber;
Planning Systems in Contemporary Russia;
Administrative Reforms in Canada and the USA.
International Contacts of the School and the Institute
The Department for International Cooperation was established in 2004 to assist both the
IPAMM and the School in their international activities. The main goal of the Department is to
establish links with foreign partners and develop research and academic contacts.
International experience is considered to be of vital importance, both in research and in the
training of civil servants.
In March 2005 an agreement was signed between the School and the Department of
Governance, Law and International Relations of London Metropolitan University that
provides for student and staff exchanges and joint research activities. In the framework of this
agreement, in July 2005, a two-week Summer School was organized in London to enable
undergraduate students to study the model of public administration in Great Britain.
The Department, in a consortium with the Urals Academy of Public Administration, the
London Metropolitan University, the College of Europe (Bruges) and the School of Social
Sciences (Paris) participates in the implementation of the TEMPUS JEP project aimed at the
development of a dual degree masters’ program and professional development program for
civil servants of the Russian Regions.
In November 2004 an agreement was signed with the School of Public Policy of the
University of Birmingham. The agreement is aimed at the development of research and
academic contacts and the participation in joint projects. In December 2005 an application
was jointly submitted under the EU TEMPUS program with the aim of creating a joint
masters’ program between the SU-HSE, the School of Public Policy of the University of
Birmingham, and the School of Social Sciences (Paris). This will entail a combination of full-
time and distance education modules. The IPAMM and the School will offer Summer Schools
for graduate students from the University of Birmingham in Moscow, introducing the students
to administrative and civil service reform in Russia.
In October 2005 a cooperation agreement was signed with the School of Public and
Environmental Affairs of the University of Indiana (rated as one of the most distinguished
schools of public administration in the US). The University of Indiana has received funding
from USAID for the creation of a Policy Analysis Center. This project will involve the
training in Moscow of Professors of the SPAMM and of IPAMM researchers by Professors of
the University of Indiana, as well as short-term and long-term study tours by School staff at
the University of Indiana. Up-to-date teaching materials will be developed for the School and
Cooperation with the State University of New York - Albany (USA) continues to develop.
There is a plan for a joint masters’ program with the Rockefeller College of Public
Administration (one of the top ten schools of public administration in the US), enhancing
student and academic staff mobility, organizing summer schools for students and professional
development programs for civil servants.
In November 2005 an agreement was signed with the Law Department of Fudan University
(Shanghai, China). A Professor from Fudan University has spent a sabbatical term at the
School and is currently conducting classes in the Chinese language for students. In July 2006
students will complete the course and attend a summer school in Shanghai to improve their
Chinese and to gain first hand experience with the system of public administration in China.
In spring 2006 there will be an exchange of Professors between the two universities.
Since the beginning of 2004 IPAMM and the School have obtained the support of the French
Embassy in Moscow. Delegates from the School and IPAMM have visited universities in
France, and French professors have deliver lectures in the School. The French Embassy has
provided education materials on contemporary trends in public administration in France to the
School and IPAMM. In the summer of 2005 a textbook, The French Experience in Public
Administration, was published for students of the School with the financial support of the
French Embassy. French academics and researchers continue to participate in conferences,
seminars and round tables organized by the School and IPAMM. Since October 2004 the
Embassy has financed a French language course for undergraduates and graduates. Students
with the highest grades will be awarded grants by the French Embassy for the intensive study
of French in a French summer school.
The School has established and maintains contacts with the Ecole Nationale d’Administration
(ENA), the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the Ecole des Sciences
Politiques (Sciences Po), the IGPDE and others with a view to developing partnerships and
joint academic programs, student and professor exchanges, joint supervisions of diploma
thesis, students internships, and candidate dissertations.
The School has established cooperation with a number of colleges in Germany. In the summer
of 2003 SU-HSE organized a seminar with colleagues from Berlin and Potsdam entitled “The
Modernization of Public Administration in Germany and Russia: Comparative Research”.
Currently there are contacts with the Universities of Constance, Potsdam and Saarbrueken. In
future our graduates will be able to study in the masters’ programs in Public Policy and
Management, Public Administration and Program Evaluation offered by these Universities.
In May 2005 the School and IPAMM were actively engaged in organizing and holding the
annual NISPAcee conference entitled “Public Administration in the 21st Century” in
Moscow. HSE is an institutional member of NISPAcee and participates in its annual
conferences and other events.
The reform of executive power has begun in Russia. A reformed civil service will require a
new type of personnel - highly professional, responsible, and effective. Traditional civil
servants will be replaced by public managers receiving salaries comparable with those in the
private sector; their extensive knowledge of public administration issues and practical skills in
modern administrative technologies will enable these managers to provide a high quality of
School of Public Administration and Municipal Management
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