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University of Tartu
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Public Administration and Social Policy

 University of Tartu The University of Tartu, founded by Gustavus Adolphus in 1632 as the second Swedish university, has always had as part of its mission the teaching, research and consulting in those areas relating to the management of the state. Since its refoundation in 1802, one of the most important goals of the university altogether had been the preparation of civil servants for the Russian Empire. The present Department of Public Administration and Social Policy (DPASP), however, while basing itself on these traditions, was created in 1992 (and became independent in 1995) as part of a reform Faculty of Social Science according to the Western model. By now, it is the most international-minded and most productive, in scholarship and consultancy, in Estonia and probably the Baltics in the area of Public Administration, Government, and Political Science; it is also the only one in Estonia with a fully accredited and internationally evaluated complete program from the BA to the PhD.

All faculty involved in the present project have extensive experience in international and comparative research, including research on Estonian accession to the European Union. Most recently, Professor Drechsler headed a team (including Ms. Tõnnisson) that authored the Estonia Chapter for the Committee of the Regions of the European Union study project on "The Europe of Regions: Strategies and Perspectives in the view of the forthcoming Enlargement of the EU". The members of the team have senior civil service experience in Estonia.

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 Professor Wolfgang Drechsler  Professor Wolfgang Drechsler

BA (Bridgewater), MA (Virginia), PhD (Marburg), Grad (Speyer), Habil (Tartu), is Professor and Chair of Public Administration and Government and Director of the Graduate Program. He recently served as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Lund, Sweden, and previously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Giessen, and Frankfurt/Main in Germany. Professor Drechsler has held senior civil service positions with the United States Congress, the German Wissenschaftsrat, and the Estonian President's Office. He received the 1997 Estonian National Science Award.

Professor Drechsler's many publications include Die selbstverwaltete Gemeinde: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft in Estland, Deutschland und Europa, editor (Duncker & Humblot, 1999), On the Eminence of the Social Sciences at the University of Dorpat (University of Tartu Press, 1998), and the Estonia in Transition issue of World Affairs (157:3; Winter 1995).

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