Research Areas and Research Projects

The key research activities of our unit are in the fields of 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. We also do research on the relationship between characteristics of public administration and policies. 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.

Our research projects are founded on an empirical basis. The main theoretical foundation for our work is new institutionalism in organization theory, but we also work with theories from personnel economics, sociological approaches to elite research, theories of decision-making and the concept of policy advisory systems.

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 organizes panels at international conferences, for example at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in July 2014 in Montreal and at the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) in Milan in July 2015, and are members of different professional societies.