Course Objective:

The course specifically focuses on the key institutions, functions, and processes of public administration in Tanzania, aiming at enabling students to apply key theories, paradigms and approaches studied in PS 221 to the country. 


Course Description:

Building on PS 221: Public Administration, this course briefly explores pre-colonial and colonial administration in Tanzania, and then concentrates on the description and analysis of contemporary public administration structures, institutions, functions and processes in the context of the post-colonial Tanzanian state. 


Delivery:                30 Lectures and 15 Seminars

Assessment: Coursework 40 percent, Final Examination 60 percent


The following topics will be covered:

1.        History of Public Administration in Tanzania

2.        Changes in Public Administration associated with Independence

3.        Structure and Functions of the Current Bureaucracy in Tanzania

4.        Politics and Public Administration

5.        Influence of Globalization on Public Administration in Tanzania

6.        Examination of Public Sector Reforms



Mukandala, R. S., 1991, Public Administration in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam: SIDA

Mukandala, R. S., 1994, “The Pitfalls of Governance: National and Local Dimensions of Current Administrative Reforms1in Tanzania” in REDET Publications, No. 1, Dar es Salaam: SIDA

Mutahaba, G., Baguma, R. and Halfani, M., eds, 1993, Vitalising African Public Administration, West Hartford, Kumarian Press.

Mallya, Ernest. 1988. The Politicization of Bureaucracy in Tanzania, MA Thesis, Dar es Salaam: UDSM

Samoff, Joel. 1983. “Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Power in Tanzania: the Institutional

Context of Class Struggle” Journal of African Studies. 10, 3.   

Pratt, C. R. “The Administration of Economic Planning in a Newly Independent State:

the Tanzanian Experience 1963-66.” In Cliff and Saul (eds.) Socialism in Tanzania Vol 2. Dar es Salaam: East African Publishing House.

Barkan, J. and J. Okumu. 1979. Politics and Public Policy in Kenya and Tanzania.

London: Praeger.

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