Transnational Public Administration

in the Baltic Sea region

(7,5 credits)

The Academy of Public Administration at Södertörn University (Stockholm) together with the Swedish Institute offer a contract education course on Transnational Public Administration (7,5 credits) open to civil servants and civil society actors working with the public sector from the Baltic Sea region.

Application deadline extended to 31st January, 2020.

Transnational public administration is a daily reality for many civil servants, yet few organizations have tuned their procedures to transnational tasks effectively. Many of today’s challenges do not obey national boundaries, but call forth interaction between public agencies, not only at the state level but also across national borders at various levels of public administration. The Baltic Sea region is heavily regulated both by the EU and regional actors. What happens on the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea increasingly affects also the Southern and Western shores, and vice versa. In contemporary public administration, it is of great importance to understand and deal with these transnational tasks.

This advanced level academic course is designed for civil servants and civil society actors from all policy fields working with the public sector in Baltic Sea countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden), who face the challenges of transnational public administration in their work and wish to understand better the dynamics of both transnational policy processes and their effects upon public organizational procedures.

The course consists of theoretical modules combining the disciplines of public administration, political science, public law, business administration, and organization studies covering themes such as:

  • Regionalism and the EU
  • Border studies
  • Legal perspectives on comparative public administration
  • Transnational perspectives on environmental policy administration
  • Transnational perspectives on transport policy administration
  • Accounting in the context of transnational public administration
  • Organizational cultures in a transnational context

Participants will also apply various perspectives from organization studies to relate the transnational dimension to their concrete work in their home organization. Lecture and seminar leaders are established scholars specializing in different aspects relevant to transnational public administration.

The course takes place at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. It is divided into three intensive 2 day (Thu-Fri) meetings (Feb 20-Feb 21, 2020, May 7–May 8, and Sept 24–Sept 25, 2020), and includes a social program and a panel with Swedish public servants, who share their experiences and insights on transnational public administration.

The Academy of Public Administration (Förvaltningsakademin) is a multidisciplinary center at Södertörn University, conducting research on public administration, offering contract education for practitioners, and works for insightful meetings between researchers and civil servants. For more information click here.

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business. SI works closely with Swedish embassies and consulates. For more information click here Länk till annan webbplats..


The eligibility to apply is based on the recommendation of the home organization of the applicant to ensure that all applicants are representatives of either a public or a civil society organization working in conjunction with a public organization. Applicants do not need to produce a certificate of previous university studies, other than stating it in their CV, but it is important to take note that this is an advanced level course with rigorous academic content. To pass the course and receive the 7.5 credits, advanced and independent academic work is required. In addition, attendance to all the sessions of the course are compulsory. It is strongly recommended that two to three employees from the same organizations apply together in order to take the knowledge from the course back to the whole organization. Naturally, if this is not practically feasible, one can apply individually.

Costs, travel arrangements and visas

The course is free of charge for the selected participants. However, all travel and lodging are to be paid and arranged independently by the participants. In case you need a visa to enter Sweden, please contact us already by December 5, 2019, so that we can proceed your application in good time to apply for the visa.

A few scholarships for housing during the course are available for participants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Please indicate in you application if your want to apply for such a scholarship.

Admission criteria

Admission is based on a 1500 word (A4, Times 12, 1,5 line spacing) description of a case of transnational public administration the applicant is currently working on or is about to begin working with. The description should address the following points:

  • What type of organization do you work for and what is your role in it?
  • Describe a case of transnational public administration that is relevant to your organization and that you would want to work on during the course
  • At what stage of implementation is this case?
  • What do you see as the main challenges of this case? For whom? When? How?

Application procedure

The application should contain the following documents:

  1. A letter of support from your employer specifying your position and why your participation in the course is relevant for your home organization
  2. the description of the transnational public administration case following instructions above
  3. CV of the applicant

Deadline extended to 31st January, 2020. Notification of admission will be announced by Monday, January 20, 2020 for all who submitted their application by January 7th; decision on applications after January 7th will be announced as soon as possible after the deadline. The first meeting of the course will take place in February 20–February 21, 2020.

Further information
If you have not received a confirmation email when submitting your application, please contact for further information.

FIRST MEETING: Feb 20 (Thu) – Feb 21 (Fri)

Day 1
13-14 SEM 1: Introduction & participant case preview
14-14.30: Coffee
14.30-16.30 SEM 2: Regionalism and the EU
17: Light dinner

Day 2
10-12 SEM 3: Border studies
12-13: Lunch
13-15 SEM 4: Public administration - comparative legal perspectives

SECOND MEETING: May 7 (Thu) – May 8 (Fri)

Day 1
10-12 SEM 5a: TPA in concrete policy (environment)
12-13: Lunch
13-15 SEM 5b: TPA in concrete policy (transportation)
15: Coffee
15-18: Time to prepare presentations
18: Light dinner

Day 2
09.30-11.30 SEM 6: Structural & contingency perspectives on TPA - group presentations
11.30-12.30: Lunch
12.30-14.30 SEM 7: Human resource perspectives & TPA - group presentations
14.30-15: Coffee
15-17 SEM 8: Organizations and their environments & TPA - group presentations

*Start and end times of each meeting are set, as well as the topics covered in each meeting. Within each meeting, the schedule might be subject to minor changes.