Paul 't Hart is the programme leader for the Successful Public Governance initiative. He was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant in 2016 to set and direct the program. He is professor of public administration at Utrecht University's Department of Public Administration and Organization Sciences, an associate dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration, and a core faculty member of the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, chairs the Netherlands Society for Public Administration (2012-2017), was co-editor (2011-2015) of Political Psychology and an editorial board member of a range of other academic journals, and is currently a member of a Dutch government committee evaluating the 20102 Police Law which instigated the biggest public sector reform in the history of the country.
Paul's interest in evaluating public policy and government performance is long-standing. In the 1990's and early 2000s he co-wrote and co-edited several books about policy fiascos and - later on governance success and failure, and he contributed extensively to closely associated bodies of knowledge about groupthink, crisis management and bureaucratic politics. During the last 15 years, his main research focus was on public leadership, including the question how leaders and leadership styles can be assessed, and how they drive or impair the achievement of successful public governance.
His recent publications include: The Routledge Companion to Leadership, Routledge 2017, co-edited with John Storey, Jean Hartley, Jean-Louis Denis, and David Ulrich; The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure, Cambridge University Press 2017, co-authored with Arjen Boin, Eric Stern and Bengt Sundelius; The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership, Oxford University Press 2017, co-edited with Mark Bennister and Benjamin Worthy; and Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016, Melbourne University Press 2017, co-authored with Paul Strangio and James Walter.
With the SPG project, which runs from late 2016 until late 2021, Paul returns to his roots, but now with a firm commitment to looking squarely at success in public governance: how we assess it, why we rarely talk about it and investigate it systematically, and what we learn about the art and craft of governing if we actually do so.
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