Sociology of Administration
Chair of Administrative Science
Sociology of Pablic Administration
Code: 61363
ECTS: 4.0
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Sociology of Pablic Administration 4.0 61363
The development of sociology of administration
The emergence of sociology of administration and its position in the system of administrative sciences. Specific features of sociology of administration and its relation to general sociology. The relation of sociology of administration, political sociology and sociology of law. Max Weber's theory of bureaucracy. The classical school of administrative technique. The school of "human relations". Functionalist criticism of Weber's bureaucratic model (dysfunction of bureaucracy). The criticism of rationality of organisation. Modern perspectives in sociology of administration: theory of decision-making, theory of power and domination, theory of exchange, cybernetic theory, theory of system. Post-modern theoretical approaches: theory of communication, cultural approach, institutional and new institutional approach, new evolutionism, theory of determinist chaos, feminist approach etc.

Administrative organisation as a social system
The individual in an organisation. Behaviour, role, conflict of roles. Motives, needs, interests, values. Theories of motivation and models of motivation.
Group behaviour in the organisation. Individual motives and group goals. Cohesion and control in the group. Communication in small groups. Leadership and leadership styles in the group. Participation and productivity in the group.
Organisational structure. Formal and informal structure. The influence of size, technology, surrounding, culture and communication on the organisation structure. Dysfunction of hierarchical structure. The theory of the development of co-operative relations. New structural forms.
Power in organisation. The concept of influence and power. Foundations and types of power. Intensity, sphere and scope of power. Control of uncertainty as a source of power in the organisation. Research of power in the organisation.
Conflict in the organisation. The concept and types of conflicts. Different views on conflicts. Conflict and co-operation. Manners of conflict resolution. Contemporary theoretical models and empirical research of conflicts.
Decision-making in the organisation. The concept and kinds of decision-making. The classic model of decision-making and its criticism. Formalised decision-making processes. Contemporary descriptive decision-making models.
Communications in the organisation. Communication channels. Communication system and communication network. Characteristics of the communication network. Communication styles and practice. Communication and power. Communication and governance. Communication and management.
Organisational culture. Types of organisational culture. Organisational culture and communications. Organisational culture and public management.
Leadership in the organisation. Theoretical basis of management. Management in public administration. Functions, role and styles of managers.
Differentiation and pluralism of the approach to the study of administrative organisations. Pluralism of approaches as a theoretical and practical advantage.

Public administration in social surrounding
The relation between the public administration and citizens. The development of the relation between the public administration and citizens. The differentiation of the role of citizens towards the administration (subject, source of power, user, associate, consumer of public services). Public quality of administration. The doctrine of public relations and its application in public administration (spokesperson as a new administrative function, the administration and media etc). The participation of citizens in the work, creation of public policies and administrative decisions. Organisation of citizens in the relations with the public administration. Civil society. Public perception and public opinion of the state administration, public services and local self-government.
The administration in local community. The concept of local community. Local identifications and local self-government. Urbanisation and administration (the process of stratification and segmentisation). The influence of urbanisation on decentralisation. Regionalism, regionalisation and multi-level governance.
The role of administration in the political system. Ruling political parties and public administration. Public administration in the democratic political system. The administration as the footing of the non-democratic government. Political control of the administration.
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