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Program in BSc Public Governance

Around the world, governments face pressing transnational societal issues regarding, for example, migration and refugees, the energy transition, the Euro crisis, organized crime, terrorism, and tax evasion. These issues, which go beyond the borders of individual countries, require joint approaches, where local, regional and national governments collaborate, but also involve organizations and companies in the process

Public Governance professionals are asked to develop suitable and legitimate public policies in complex, transnational networks, where many stakeholders are involved. This requires a thorough understanding of governance practices around the world, combined the ability to identify the governance challenges at hand, and the ability to analyze them from multiple perspectives.

In the Bachelor of Public Governance, you will study the ways governments are organized and how they handle various societal challenges in cooperation with their partners. You will study Public Governance from an international comparative perspective, and analyze the challenges at hand from the perspectives of Public Administration, Economics, and Law. This unique combination can be found in Tilburg only, and will prepare you for a career amidst the governance challenges of the future.


As a student of Public Governance, you will study current societal challenges, big and small, from the perspective of how public and semipublic organizations steer society. What are the consequences of Brexit for the European society and economy? How is healthcare regulated in different countries? How do various European countries deal with tax havens as ways for citizens and companies to evade taxes? How do countries collaborate on dealing with organized international crime, such as drug or human trafficking?

Interdisciplinary and border-crossing

Let’s look at the example of transnational crime networks. In many countries, criminal organizations are involved in illegal international trade and smuggling as well as other criminal activities across countries. These organizations exploit existing legal and economic infrastructures such as customs, the real estate sector, and transport systems to conduct illegal activities. And they often try to influence political decision-making to their advantage. How do governments at the various geographical levels counteract illegal activities? How do international governments and (public) institutions work together in the fight against international crime? These are current topics, taken from governance in practice, as they are explored within the Public Governance program.

Within the Public Governance program, you will study society and its many challenges from an international point of view, constantly comparing different countries and viewpoints. What makes the program unique, is its integration of insights from three core disciplines:

  • Public administration: the program offers crucial insight into the various models of state, state traditions, models of democracy and regulatory systems. You will develop a thorough understanding of theories of, e.g., political behavior, policy-making, democracy and organizational science.
  • Economics: the bachelor analyses public governance from fundamental macroeconomic theories about the role of the state in the economy, microeconomic theories of individual decision-making and theories of public finance and public economics.
  • Law: the legal perspective will allow you to analyze public governance from the angles of legal traditions, theories of constitutionalism, the rule of law, and regulation.