Public management at the La Follette School includes the study of how programs are designed and implemented, and the consequences of policy implementation for citizens. This training helps student to develop an appreciation of the importance of public management in democratic governance; an ability to think analytically about problems of public management; and an ability to make good arguments concerning how public management issues might be addressed.
Courses contain a mixture of social science research on public management, practitioner and student experiences, and projects where students directly study management in the real world. The La Follette School includes four faculty who are members of the National Academy of Public Administration, as well as a former governor of Wisconsin.
Making Sense of Performance Regimes: Rebalancing External Accountability and Internal Learning. La Follette Working Paper 2017-001.