Professor Ivan Koprić, Ph.D.

Full Professor of Administrative Science, head of the Chair of Administrative Science and head of the Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. Employed at the Faculty of Law from 1990, with previous three year experience as a large company lawyer. President of the Institute of Public Administration, Zagreb, Croatia from 2008. Editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration (Zagreb, Croatia) from 2005; Editor of book series Contemporary Public Administration (25 books so far) from 2002. Member of the editorial board of scientific journals Review of Social Policy (Zagreb, Croatia), Annals of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences (Zagreb, Croatia), and Lex Localis (Maribor, Slovenia, Trieste, Italy, Graz, Austria, and Split, Croatia). Used to be: vice-dean of the Faculty (2001-2003), head of the Public Administration Study (2004-2007), head of the Department for Public Law and Public Administration (2005-2013), dean of the Social Sciences Polytechnic (2006-2011), head of the postgraduate interdisciplinary study Public Administration (2006-2010).

Courses at law study, public administration study, tax administration study, study of social work, postgraduate studies (Public Administration; Urban Management; Social Policy; etc.), doctoral study of public law and public administration, and a few other doctoral studies. Some courses: Public Management; European Administrative Space; Administrative Science; Comparative Public Administration; Sociology of Public Administration; Human Resources Development; Organisation Theory; E-Government; Public Services; State Administration in Croatia; Local Government; Regional Policy; etc. Mentored six PhD theses, three MSc theses, and 160 graduation theses.

PhD in Organisation Science and Public Administration at the University of Zagreb.

The author and/or editor of the following books, monographs, research reports, and handbooks:

  • Chrestomathy of Administrative Science, vol. I (co-author; 1998),

  • Chrestomathy of Administrative Science, vol. II (co-author; 1998),

  • Structure and Communication in Administrative Organisations (author; 1999),

  • Modernisation of the Croatian Public Administration (co-author and editor; 2003),

  • Legislative Frameworks for Decentralisation (co-author and editor; 2003),

  • Public Administration (co-author and editor; 2006),

  • Modernisation of General Administrative Procedure and Public Administration in Croatia (co-author and co-editor; 2009),

  • The New Law on General Administrative Procedure: Practical Issues and Application Problems (co-author and editor; 2009),

  • Attracting and Retaining the Best People in the Civil Service (author; 2009),

  • About the new Law on General Administrative Procedures (author; 2010),

  • Managing Performance in the Western Balkan Civil Service Structures (author; 2010),

  • European Administrative Space (co-author, 2012),

  • Reform of Local and Regional Government in Croatia (co-author and editor; 2013),

  • Agencies in Croatia: Regulation and Privatization of Public Services at the State, Local and Regional Level (editor and co-author; 2013),

  • Twenty Years of Local Self-Government in Croatia (editor and co-author; 2013),

  • Europeanization of Administrative Justice in Croatia (co-author and editor; 2014).

The author of more than 80 scientific papers and more than 160 other articles and papers in Croatia and abroad. More than a hundred presentations at scientific conferences. Participated in more than 35 scientific, policy, and other projects in Croatia and abroad; and led ten of them. Consultant in more than 15 projects financed by the EU, the WB, the OECD, the UNDP and other donors in the region. OECD-SIGMA expert. A member of the Constitutional Committee of the Croatian Parliament (2008-2011, 2012-2014).

Member of:
  • the Scientific Board of the Academy of Law Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia (2006 -)

  • the Scientific Council for the State Administration, Judiciary and the Rule of Law, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2004 -)

  • the International Political Science Association, IPSA (2009 -)

  • the Croatian Political Science Association (2009 -)

  • the IPSA Research Committee 05 Comparative studies on local government and politics (2012 )

  • the IPSA Research Committee 32 Public policy and administration (2012 -)

  • the Croatian Council of the Partnership for Open Government (2012 -)

  • the Decentralisation Commission of the Croatian Government (2012 -)

  • the Managing Council of the State School for Public Administration (2012 -)

  • the Croatian Section of the European Regional Science Association (2013 -).

Bibliography in English


  • Modernisation of the Croatian Public Administration (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu, 2003, pp 1-527

  • Legislative Framework for Decentralisation in Croatia (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu and Hrvatski pravni centar u Zagrebu, Zagreb, 2003, pp. 1-476

Research reports
  • Attracting and Retaining the Best People in the Civil Service. UNDP, Sarajevo, RCPAR, Athens, HRM CoP in Western Balkans, 2009, pp. 1-39

  • Managing Performance in the Western Balkan Civil Service Structures. UNDP, Bratislava, RCPAR, Athens, 2010, pp. 1-31+12

  • Administrative Structures and Competencies of Croatian Local Units, Croatian Critical Law Review, vol. 4, 1999

  • Local Government in Croatia (co-authors Stjepan Ivanišević, Jasna Omejec, Jure Šimović), in: Stabilization of Local Governments (ed. Emilia Kandeva), Budapest, Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, Open Society, 2001, pp. 179-240

  • Public administration and civil service reform in Croatia (co-authors Dragan Medvedović, Gordana Marčetić), in: Regional Corruption Assessment Report (by Predrag Bejaković), Southeast European Legal Development Initiative (SELDI), 2001, pp. 1-10

  • Widening the Scope of Local Self-Government Powers and Narrowing Central Government Supervision, in: Legislative Frameworks for Decentralisation in Croatia (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu and Hrvatski pravni centar, 2003, pp. 87-129

  • Education of Administrative Personnel: Experiences and Challenges, in: Modernisation of Croatian Public Administration (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu, 2003, pp. 213-252

  • Local Government Development in Croatia. Problems and Value Mix, in: Local Democracy in Post-Communist Europe (eds. Harald Baldersheim, Michal Illner, Hellmut Wollmann), Opladen: Leske & Budrich, 2003, pp. 181-210

  • Approximation of Legislation and the Elaboration of the Professional Basis of the Decentralisation Process in Croatia, in: Legislative Frameworks for Decentralisation in Croatia (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu and Hrvatski pravni centar, 2003, pp. 1-20

  • Modernisation of Croatian Public Administration: Issues, Proposals and Perspectives, in: Modernisation of Croatian Public Administration (ed. Ivan Koprić), Zagreb, Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu, 2003, pp. 477-491

  • Priority Areas in Reforming Governance and Public Administration in Croatia. 2004,, pp. 1-22

  • Administrative Justice on the Territory of Former Yugoslavia, 2006,

  • Administrative Procedures on the Territory of Former Yugoslavia, 2006,, pp. 1-12

  • Regionalism and Regional Development Policy in Croatia. In: Ilona Pálné Kovács (ed.) Political Studies of Pecs: Regional Decentralization in Central and Eastern Europe. Pécs: University of Pécs, Department of Political Studies, 2007, pp. 87-110

  • Independent Local Lists in Croatia: In Search for a Composite Theoretical Frame. In: Marion Reiser, Everhard Holtmann (eds.) (2008) Farewell to the Party Model? Independent Local Lists in East and West European Countries. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 39-61

  • Managing Public Administration Reform in Croatia. Croatian Public Administration, vol. 8, no. 3/2008, pp. 551-565

  • Directly Elected Mayors on the Territory of Former Yugoslavia. U: Pascal Delwit, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Herwig Reynaert, Kristof Steyvers (eds.) Local Political Leadership in Europe: Town Chief, City Boss or Loco President? Brugge: Vanden Broele, 2009

  • Roles and Styles of Local Political Leaders on the Territory of Former Yugoslavia. Croatian Public Administration, vol. 9, no. 1/2009, pp. 79-105

  • The Improvement of the Legal Framework for Functioning of the Croatian Telecommunication Agency, 2009, pp. 1-29

  • The Croatian Public Administration Is in a Stormy Period. Croatian Public Administration 9(3): 609-616, 2009

  • Restitution: The Experience of Croatia, co-author Boris Ljubanović, 2009, pp. 1-17

  • Independent Local Lists and Independent Candidates in Croatia – Salt for a Delicious Meal or Rotten Apples of a Transitional Local Political System? 2009, pp. 1-17

  • Building the System of Public Administration Education and Training in Croatia: Per Aspera ad Astra? (co-author Gordana Marčetić) 2009, pp. 1-22

  • Croquis of Local Self-Government in Croatia: Development, Current State and Main Processes, 2009, pp. 1-21

  • What Kind of Agencification in Croatia. Trends and Future Directions (co-author Anamarija Musa). Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, 2011., special issue, pp. 33-53

  • Contemporary Croatian Public Administration on the Reform Waves. Godišnjak Akademije pravnih znanosti Hrvatske, vol. II., no. 1/2011, pp. 1-39

  • Good Administration as a Ticket to the European Administrative Space (co-authors Anamarija Musa & Goranka Lalić Novak). Zbornik Pravnog fakulteta u Zagrebu, vol. 61, no. 5/2011, pp. 1515-1560

  • Administrative Technology and General Administrative Procedure: Challenges and Changes in South-Eastern Europe. Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, vol. 11, no. 2/2011, pp. 435-454

  • Agencies in Croatia (co-author Anamarija Musa). In: Koen Verhoest, Sandra Van Thiel, Geert Bouckaert, Per Lægreid (eds.) Government Agencies: Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 266-276

  • Managing Public Affairs in South Eastern Europe: Muddled Governance. In: Ann Marie Bissessar (ed.) Governance: Is It for Everyone? New York: Nova Science Publishers, inc., 2012, pp. 25-47

  • Consolidation, Fragmentation, and Special Statuses of Local Authorities in Europe. Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, vol. 12, no. 4/2012, pp. 1175-1196. French version: Consolidation, fragmentation, et statuts speciaux des collectivites territoriales en Europe. Revue Est Europa, 2012, no. 2, pp. 369-385

  • Agencies in Three South Eastern European Countries: Politics, Expertise and Law. NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, vol. V, no. 2, Winter 2012/13, pp. 17-44 (co-authors Anamarija Musa i Polonca Kovač)

  • Governance and Administrative Education in South Eastern Europe. Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, vol. 13, no. 1/2013, pp. 5-39

  • An Analysis of Current Custom and Practice of the Creation of Agencies, Authorities and Institutions. For: PARiS, Belgrade, 2013 (co-author Dragana Aleksić)

  • Regional Elections in Croatia – From Third-Order Country Elections to Genuine Regional Politics (co-authors Daria Dubajić & Tijana Vukojičić Tomić).