What can we learn on small state governance from the case of Estonia?

Külli Sarapuu, Associate Professor, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

The aim of the seminar is to take a closer look at the Estonian public administration and to discuss the lessons that it provides for understanding the challenges and opportunities of small state governance.

Reading material

Kalvet, T. (2016). „The Estonian Economy: Structure, Performance and Prospects“, in Lino Briguglio (ed.) Small States and the European Union: Economic Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 50-67.

Randma, T. (2001). „A small civil service in transition: The case of Estonia“, Public Administration and Development 21, pp. 41-51.

Sarapuu, K. (2011). „Post-Communist Development of Administrative Structure in Estonia: From Fragmentation to Segmentation“, Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences 35 (4): 54-73.

Sarapuu, K., M. Metsma, T. Randma-Liiv and A. Uudelepp. (2014). „Estonia“, in M. Van Wart, A. Hondeghem and E. Schwella, E. (eds.) Leadership and Culture: Comparative Models of Top Civil Servant Training. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 73-88.

Sikk, A. (2006). „From Private Organizations to Democratic Infrastructure: Political Parties and the State in Estonia“, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 22 (3): 341-361.