Public Economics and Administration

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Course Unit Code153-0339/03
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
VRA12doc. Ing. Iveta Vrabková, Ph.D.
VAV0195PhDr. Roman Vavrek, PhD.
The subject deals with basic knowledge of public economics and public administration,necessary for graduates of the program Economic Policy and Administration. There are also presented topics of public economics and public administration, civil sector, public finance, public procurement, public
checks, documents and legislation in public administration.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
You will know
Basic theoretical bases of public economy, its core and meaning
The position of public administration as a manager of public economy

You will be able to
Distinguish organizations in non-profitable sector and the structure of organizing the public administration
Define the tools of public administration (public commisions and investitions, public support, public informatics, public control)

You will get
Basic knowledge concerning the public economy and public administration
Knowledge concerning the contentual areas of public economy and administration
Course Contents
1. Public economy and policy - definitions, elementary theoretical principles, contents and concepts, relations with public economics, content and signifikance.
2. The role of the state in the economy, market failure, government failure, state intervention, form, function and typology of the state.
3. Public choice theory - object of study, importance and applications for the public sector, direct and indirect democracy (voting rules), median voter theorem.
4. Public administration as manager of public economy - the concept, function, importance, state and local administration.
5. Public administration in the broader sense, the political system, separation of powers, central government authorities.
6. The legislative process in public administration, rule of law, legal and organizational regulations, meaning legislation.
7. Institutional concept of public administration - the power to remit institutions, the principles applied in the public administration, organizational principles.
8. Public government sector - the definition, development, size and needs of the public sector, factors affecting the public sector, efficiency in the public sector.
9. Civil sector - characteristics, organization of the civil sector, sources of financing of NGOs.
10. Public finances - public budgets, budget structure and budget process, public revenue and expenditure, international public finance, the EU budget.
11. Public investment and public support.
12. Public contracts and concessions - application public investment in public economy, public support, public projects, public contracts (meaning, assumptions and application, methods).
13. Public informatics - objectives and priorities of the state information policy, information systems of public administration, public information system, local information systems, free access to information, the specifics of information in public administration.
14. Public check - type of check, public check, internal check and its organization, financial check, the Supreme Audit Office, the central government check, and its institutions.

Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
AUERBACH, A. J., FELDSTEIN, M. (2006). Handbook of Public Economics – Volume II. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1106 s. ISBN 0-444-87908-0.
HINDRIKS, J., MYLES, G.D. (2006). Intermediate Public Economics. Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cambridge. ISBN 9780262083447.
HILLMAN, A. L. 2009. Public Finance and Public Policy: Responsibilities and Limitations of Government. Second Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2009, 859 s. ISBN 978-0-521-49426-7.

HALÁSEK, D. Veřejná ekonomika. 3 přepracované a doplněné vydání. Dolní Životice: Optys. 2012.
MERIČOVÁ MIKUŠOVÁ B.; STEJSKAL, J. Teorie a praxe veřejné ekonomiky. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2014.
Recommended Reading:
ROSENBLOOM, D. H., KRAVCHUK, R. S., CLERKIN, R. M. (2009). Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics and Law in the Public Sector. 6th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 557 s. ISBN 978-007-126381-8.
OCHRANA, F.; PAVEL, J.; VÍTEK, L. a kol. Veřejný sektor a veřejné finance. Financování nepodnikatelských a podnikatelských aktivit. Praha: Grada, 2010.
PEKOVÁ, J. Veřejné finance - úvod do problematiky. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2014.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
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Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
ExaminationExamination100 51