Research Areas and Research Projects

Endorsing both empirical and theoretical research, we advance insight into topics such as (1) the education and training, career patterns and role perceptions of public servants with a particular focus on ministerial departments and agencies, (2) political-administrative relations, (3) policy advisory systems and (4) public sector reforms and organizational change with a particular focus on better regulation, de-bureaucratization and digitalization. We reach out to a broad audience by presenting our findings at international conferences and publishing articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in fora open to a wider public.

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

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 European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) conferences and others.