About the Journal

Halduskultuur (HK), published by Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, is a peer-reviewed multi-language interdisciplinary journal of administrative studies. The journal publishes contributions in English, the lingua franca of our times, and also in the languages of the region: Estonian, Finnish, German, Russian. The journal appears bi-annually.

Focus and Scope

Public administration is, as Woodrow Wilson writes in 1887, government in action. Government comes into existence, according to Aristotle’s famous phrase, for the sake of life - for our protection -, yet it exists for the good life. The good life is the reason we have governments. Can we have a science about good government actions - about good public administration? Public administration as a discipline of contemporary scholarly inquiry emerges precisely from the need to design better government actions and from the need to know what makes government actions better, and why. This is the beginning of Kameralwissenschaften in 17th century continental Europe epitomized by the publication of Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff’s Der Teutsche Fürstenstaat in1656. This tradition climaxes in 19th century German Staatswissenschaften, which is, however, also a decidedly Estonian tradition: some of the most important representatives of the late 19th century German Staatswissenschaften (Wagner, Lexis, Stieda, Laspeyres, Bücher) worked at one point in their career in Estonia. Administrative Culture firmly positions itself within this tradition which, by default, means openness to other traditions, schools and also cultures and languages.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published bi-annually - in the last day of April and October.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Halduskultuur is available in EBSCO, Central and Eastern European Online Library, and Google Books. Administrative Culture is abstracted in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, EBSCO Public Administration Abstracts and PA@BABEL (Public Administration's dataBase for Accessing academic puBlications in European Languages).

ISSN: 1736-6089

IIAS Open Access Program Partnership
Halduskultuur is a partner with IIAS-IISA in the IIAS Open Access program.