Research Areas and Research Projects

The key research activities of our unit are in the fields of public administration, public management and public policy. These include questions of comparative research on public administration and government organizations, such as the political control of the public service and the structures and functions of modern state authorities. A core research focus is on political-administrative relations.  Thereby, the role of public administration in political decision-making processes is of particular interest. Our research is focussing on the relationships between scientific, social, administrative and political actors in the policy process as well as on the complex interrelation of institutional factors and the results of administrative action.

Most of our research projects are empirical studies. The main theoretical foundation for our work is organization theory.

Main Research Activities

  • Policy advisory systems and knowledge management in the executive branch
  • De-bureaucratisation and better regulation in international comparison
  • Public sector reforms and organisational change
  • Education and training, career patterns and role perceptions of top civil servants

Current Research Projects

Current PhD Projects

Finished Research Projects

Cooperations and Networks

Within the scope of our research activities, we closely cooperate with scientists from all over the world and regularly present the results of our research at international conferences. Furthermore, our team contributes to the scientific community by serving as panel convenors, chairs or discussants. We regularly contribute to the World Congresses of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Structure and Organisation of Government (SOG) workshops, the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) conferences and the Eurepean Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) conferences and others.