Public Administration and Politics
Prof. David Nachmias, Director
The Public Administration and politics track focuses on identifying and analyzing political regimes and processes, as well as the factors that influence the functioning of political systems. The complex problems that the modern government must handle require a profound understanding of the main structures, institutions and decision-making processes in the political system. Central institutions – such as the legislative branch, executive branch (including the public administration), judicial branch, political parties, interest groups and the media – are among those that influence public policy and the quality of life of the individual citizen.
The courses taught in this track cover not only major theories and the latest empirical studies, but also various attempts to implement applicable reform. These reforms are designed to improve central and local government and to make public administration efficient.