Public Governance and Structural Reforms

09  May 2016    12:30 pm CEST

9 to 13 May 2016


Joint Vienna Institute (JVI), Mariahilfer Strasse 97, 1060 Vienna


This one-week course discusses specific issues of good governance and structural reforms. The presentations draw on the ongoing political and academic discussions in member states of the European Union and candidate countries, and on Austria’s reform process and experience. It also highlights practical issues and looks at specific cases and experiences. The course examines the regulatory role of the state, in which the quality of public governance and especially the establishment of the rule of law is important. Lecturers analyze reform goals and instruments in the context of the inter-relationship between the public sector and the market—domestic and external. The strengths and weaknesses of particular reform strategies and the conditions for their successful implementation are examined. Also analyzed are the most important and demanding structural reforms being faced by prospective EU members, and the more advanced reform problems on the agenda of transition economies. Specific issues of structural reforms in the areas of infrastructure, privatization, education and social security (e.g., pension and health reforms), as well as labor markets are covered in more detail.

Target group
Decision makers in ministries of economy or finance, members of parliament, regulatory agencies, and NGO representatives.

The course is conducted in English only.