Behavioral public administration is a subfield that deals with the integration of theories and methods from psychology in the study of public administration. It has three main components: 1) uses individuals and groups of citizens, employees, and
managers within the public sector as units of analysis; 2) emphasizes the behavior and attitudes of these groups; and 3) integrates insights from psychology and the behavioral sciences in the study of public administration. As governments face increasing
challenges in addressing the growing complexity of society including citizens’ rising expectations regarding the quality, availability, and effectiveness of government services, public-sector performance and productivity must continually be upgraded.
Behavioral public administration is a developing theory that provides complementary approaches to policy design and implementation. While behavioral economics describe individual decision-making with alternative objectives to traditional utility maximization,
behavioral public administration shifts the reliance on traditional causal models toward actual behavior as governments improve their governance and administrative ability.This course aims to contribute to the enhancement of public-sector performance and productivity through better administrative leadership and improved public management and administration. The course
will offer practical explanations of the basic concepts and principles of behavioral public administration and present best practices of its applications in the public sector.
The main objectives of this course are:
This e-learning course will cover the following modules:Module 1: Theory and concept of behavioral public administrationModule 2: Uses and benefits of behavioral public administration in public services and policymakingModule 3: Behavioral
approaches to public administration: Discussions on future developments of advanced behavioral public policy Module 4: Applications of behavioral public administration Module 5: Behavioral approaches to public policy, regulation,