BKV_ZVFS Introduction to Public Finance and Public Administration

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ing. Petra Dvořáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Robert Jahoda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Ivan Malý, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jiří Špalek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Dagmar Špalková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Robert Jahoda, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim is that after graduating student at the basic level understands the form, methods of operation and financing of the public sector. The course is based on basic economic theory applicable to the public sector and continues to the introduction of form and function of public administration, including the financial flows between the various components. Economic theory, which is part of the course, is illustrated primarily on the reality of the Czech Republic. Learning knowledge can be used if a student interested in a deeper study of the operation and financing of the public sector, while it also facilitates orientation in the daily discussions about the function and role of the state and give him a better and easier to evaluate the effects of changes in public policies.
Learning outcomes
After graduating the course, students should be able to explain the role and functions of the state, causes of the existence of public sector objectives and the cost of current government policies and the role of public choice in their enforcement, to describe the structure and function of Czech public budgets, to understand differences in the position, function and funding of regional government and also should be able to compare the above-described problems from a historical and international perspective.
  • There are four lectures which take place during weekends:
  • 1) The public sector and its role in a mixed economy, causes of the existence public sector; The position of the public sector, extent and reasons for failure of PS
  • 2) Externalities, Public goods; Public choice, public policy
  • 3) General overview of the scope and structure of public finances, budgetary system and process; the redistribution element of public finance; Public revenues; Fiscal imbalance
  • 4) Reforms of PS in foreign countries, trends and specific reforms in Central and Eastern Europe; The Role and organization of the central administration; Role and organization of local administration; E-government – the Czech Republic and foreign countries
    required literature
  • Distanční studijní opora: "Veřejná ekonomie" Malý, I. a kol. 2. aktualizované znění, Brno, 2013
  • POMAHAČ, Richard and Olga VIDLÁKOVÁ. Veřejná správa. Vyd. 1. Praha: C.H. Beck, 2002. xii, 278. ISBN 8071797480. info
    recommended literature
  • HAMERNÍKOVÁ, Bojka and Alena MAAYTOVÁ. Veřejné finance. 2., aktualiz. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2010. 340 s. ISBN 9788073574970. info
  • PEKOVÁ, Jitka and Jaroslav PILNÝ. Veřejná správa a finance veřejného sektoru. Edited by Marek Jetmar. 3., aktualiz. a rozš. vyd. Praha: ASPI, 2008. 712 s. ISBN 9788073573515. info
  • POTŮČEK, Martin. Veřejná politika. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2005. 399 s. ISBN 8086429504. info
  • STIGLITZ, Joseph E. Ekonomie veřejného sektoru. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 1997. 661 s. ISBN 8071694541. info
Teaching methods
There are four lectures (each four hours) given during semester. Lectures are focused on explanation of the main topics of public economics, finance and public administration. Self-study is emphasised then. Students have an opportunity to evaluate their knowledge in self-correcting on-line tests. Students should elaborate seminar work, which is than corrected by the teacher.
Assessment methods
The course is concluded with an oral exam. Students are eligible to take the oral exam provided that they fulfill given conditions: 1. they hand in a seminar paper in a given extent and structure within the obligatory date, 2. they successfully pass three (on-line) tests in the IS MU during an obligatory period (a test is regarded as successful if at least 50% of answers are correct). Student evaluation is based on her/his results from online test and on oral exam. Detailed information concerning the seminar work and the on-line test is available in interactive syllabi of the course in the IS MU.
Any copying, recording or leaking tests, use of unauthorized tools, aids and communication devices, or other disruptions of objectivity of exams (credit tests) will be considered non-compliance with the conditions for course completion as well as a severe violation of the study rules. Consequently, the teacher will finish the exam (credit test) by awarding grade "F" in the Information System, and the Dean will initiate disciplinary proceedings that may result in study termination. The mentioned procedure relates to all the activities that are included in the final evaluation of the course (seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
General note: Nezapisují si studenti oborů mateřských na ESF MU.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 3 bloky.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
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