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News & Events

25 Jan. 2019 ​Paul 't Hart presents on the craft of public service leadership

​Paul 't Hart presents on the craft of public service leadership at a meeting of the networks of city managers of the 100.000-plus municipalities of the Netherlands, at Den Bosch.

​24 Jan. 2019 ​​​Paul 't Hart convenes two workshops on collaborating in networks

​​Paul 't Hart convenes two workshops on collaborating in networks, strategic conference of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences of the Netherlands, Amersfoort. 

04 Dec. 2018 (Dutch) Stefanie Beyens wrote an article with Olga Verschuren

​Aangescherpt bestuursgericht toezicht in de corporatiesector: Het wakend oog van de Autoriteit woningcorporaties onder de loep genomen. Een artikel geschreven door Olga Verschuren & Stefanie Beyens.

01 Dec. 2018 Two Mile stones

We have just completed two two-year projects on describing and understanding public policy successes around the world. Two volumes have been sent to their respective publishers this month:

 

- A set of 15 cases from around the world edited by SPG team members Mallory Compton and Paul 't Hart will be published (paper format as well as online open access) by Oxford University Press in mid-2019 under the 'epic' title (that nods to two classic texts about policy failure in the 1970s) Great Policy Successes: How Governments Get It Right in a Big Way at Least Some of the Time. Or, A Tale About Why It’s Amazing That Governments Get So Little Credit for Their Many Everyday and Extraordinary Achievements as Told by Sympathetic Observers Who Seek to Create Space for a Less Relentlessly Negative View of Our Pivotal Public Institutions. Typoscript versions of all the chapters in the book can be found HERE.

A set of 20 cases of public policy successes in Australia and New Zealand edited by SPG team members Jo Luetjens and Paul 't Hart along with professor Michael Mintrom (Australia New Zealand School of Government) will be published (again in paper format as well as online open access) by ANU Press in Canberra in mid-2019. It less than epic title is simply: Public Policy Successes in Australia and New Zealand. Typoscript versions of all chapters can be found HERE.

15 jun. 2018 Good Governance in the Cure and Care Sector. Rijtuigenloods, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

On June 15, Paul 't Hart facilitated the national conference on Good Governance in the Cure and Care Sector, held at the Rijtuigenloods, Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Four hundred senior executives and board members attended the event, which was organised by the Ministry of Health,well Being and Sports of the Netherlands. 

12 jun. 2018 Dienen en Beinvloeden: Verhalen Over Ambtelijk Vakmanschap

​On June 12, 2018, Paul 't Hart's new book was launched at the Spui Theatre in The Hague. The book, written in Dutch and titled Dienen en Beinvloeden: Verhalen Over Ambtelijk Vakmanschap, examines the craft of top civil servants through an up close examination of the 40-year career of the former secretary of the Dutch Prime minister's department, Wim Kuijken. Centrepiece of the book are 7 case narratives about complex and high profile cases, each examining a different set of professional and leadership challenges to top civil servants. Each case narrative is followed by a reflective essay, placing the events of the case in a broader context. The book is open access and can be downloaded here.

31 may 2018 Resilient Reputations: Dynamics and Ambiguities of Naming and Shaming Corporations

Judith van Erp presented on Resilient Reputations: Dynamics and Ambiguities of Naming and Shaming Corporations in UCL, London on 31st of May 2018.

25 may 2018 Judith van Erp profiled in Elsevier Magazine (dutch weekly)

SPG member, Judith van Erp, profiled in Elsevier Magazine (dutch weekly), on the topic of 'Naming and shaming is een enge kracht'.

24 may 2018 Successful Public Policy in Australia and New Zealand: A Research Seminar.

​SPG'ers Paul ‘t Hart and Jo Luetjens, together with Michael Mintrom from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, convened a two day authors’ workshop in Melbourne in preparation for the development of their edited volume Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand. On the 24-25 May, 2018, close to 25 policy scholars and policy domain experts from across Australia and New Zealand came together to present and discuss 18 case studies, with a view towards an early 2019 publication.

For the book proposal, please see here.

19 apr. 2018 Judith van Erp was appointed as member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

SPG member, Judith van Erp, was appointed as member of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences). 

​‘De KNAW is ‘het forum, de stem en het geweten’ van de wetenschap in Nederland. Het is bijzonder en belangrijk om van dat forum deel uit te mogen maken,‘ zegt zij in reactie op deze eervolle benoeming. ‘Ik zal zelf vooral het belang van interdisciplinair onderzoek bepleiten. Er kan nog veel gebeuren om dat te stimuleren en organiseren. Daarnaast wil ik ook bijdragen aan meer diversiteit binnen de academie, in brede zin.’ ( 'The KNAW is' the forum, voice and conscience' of science in the Netherlands. It is special and important to be part of that forum, "Judith says in response to this honorable appointment. 'I will especially advocate the importance of interdisciplinary research. Much can still be done to encourage and organize this. In addition, I also want to contribute to more diversity within the academy, in a broad sense.')

Congratulations to Judith!

19 apr. 2018 Best paper presentation award at ECPR Joint Sessions in Nicosia

​SPG member,a Lauren Fahy, received the best paper presentation award at ECPR Joint Sessions in Nicosia for the paper: Managing reputation in the face of radical innovation: Strategic account-giving by cryptocurrency regulators.

Congratulations to Lauren!

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16 apr. 2018 'Great Policy Successes': A Research Seminar

The SPG Team hosted a research seminar on 16-17 April 2018. Authors who contribute to the Great Policy Successes volume met in Utrecht to present and discuss 18 case studies, with a view towards early 2019 publication.

For more information please see here.

​For book proposal please see here. 

11 apr. 2018 The 22nd Annual IRSPM Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

SPG leader Paul ‘t Hart attended the IRSPM annual conference on 11-13th April. They presented on the topic of Connecting the study of collaborations together with Chris Ansell (UC Berkeley), Eva Sorensen (Roskilde), Jacob Torfing (Roskilde), and Charles Parker (Uppsala).

For conference link please see here.

​For panel proposal please see here

10 apr. 2018 Understanding Success in Government Workshop, ECPR Joint Session 2018

Stefanie Beyens (Director, University of Utrecht) and Allen McConnell (Co-director, University of Sydney) chaired the Understanding Success in Government Workshop of ECPR Joint Session at the University of Nicosia, 10 -14 April 2018.

​For detail information about the session please see here.

​For abstracts and papers please see here.

12 mar. 2018 Professor Paul 't Hart published an article in an Australian web magazine Inside Story

Professor Paul 't Hart published an article in an Australian web magazine Inside Story. The title of the article is Cautionary tales from the birthplace of bureaucracy. It is a book review of Verwaltungsdesaster  ("Administrative Disasters" in English) written by  Wolfgang Seibel, Kevin Klamann, and Hannah Treis. ​

For full text please see here

09 mar. 2018 Paul 't Hart published an article online on the topic of Assessing Government Transparency

Together with Paul 't Hart, Albert Meijer and Ben Worthy an article was published on answering the question: How can we evaluate government transparency arrangements? While the complexity and contextuality of the values at stake defy straightforward measurement, this article provides an interpretative framework to guide and structure assessments of government transparency. In this framework, we discern criteria clusters for political transparency—democracy, the constitutional state, and social learning capacity—and for administrative transparency—economy/efficiency, integrity, and resilience. The framework provides a structured “helicopter view” of the dimensions that are relevant for a contextual assessment of transparency. An illustrative case discussion of the introduction of Freedom of Information (FOI) in the United Kingdom demonstrates its utility.

23 jan. 2018 Lunch lecture for 200 staff of the Dutch National Police's Leadership Team and of the Directorate-General of Police in the Ministry of Justice and Security

The SPG leader, Professor Paul 't Hart from Utrecht University School of Governance, held a lunch lecture for 200 staff of the Dutch National Police's Leadership Team and of the Directorate-General of Police in the Ministry of Justice and Security on 23 January 2018. The lecture topic was about the evaluation report of the 2012 Police Law, which Professor Paul 't Hart co-authored.  

For relative event please see "Presentation on the findings of the Evaluatiecommissie Politiewet 2012" on 14 December 2017 on this page. 

14 dec. 2017 Presentation on the findings of the Evaluatiecommissie Politiewet 2012

On 14th of December 2017 , Paul 't Hart presented the findings of the Evaluatiecommissie Politiewet 2012, a government appointed independent committee evaluating the 2012 Police Law (which set in motion the amalgamation of 25 regional police forces into one national police organization, the largest reorganization in Dutch government history) to the senior leadership group of the Dutch police, on December 14 at Huis 't Velde, Warnsveld.

​For keynote please see here

01-02 dec. 2017 GDN III – Round II Conference: Policy Design and Mechanisms: Why a better understanding of causal mechanisms can improve policy design

​Mallory presented a paper titled Dynamic Transformational Mechanisms in Policy Success and Failure to the GDN III – Round II Conference: Policy Design and Mechanisms: Why a better understanding of causal mechanisms can improve policy design, December 1-2, in Florence, Italy at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi.

For conference paper please see here.

For keynote please see here.

21 nov. 2017 European Public Sector Awards 2017 Conference

On 21 November 2017, SPG leader Paul 't Hart offered 'Reflections from a Juror' at the European Public Sector Awards 2017 Conference, at the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht. 

20 nov. 2017 Zoektocht Naar het Handwerk van de Overheidsmanager, at Sociëteit De Witte, The Hague

​The SPG leader, Paul 't Hart, presented at the Concluding Event of the 'Zoektocht Naar het Handwerk van de Overheidsmanager' (Quest for the Craft of the Public Manager), at Sociëteit De Witte, The Hague on 20 November 2017. His presentation is about  'Vijf Jaar Zoeken naar 'Ambtelijk Vakmanschap': En Nu? [Five Years of Searching for the Public Servant's Craft: And Now?]

For keynote see here.

 

10 nov. 2017 Lieske van der Torre, Scott Douglas and Bert George chaired the second panel of the NIG Annual Work Conference 2017

Dr. Lieske van der Torre (Utrecht University), Dr. Scott Douglas (Utrecht University) and Dr. Bert George (Erasmus University Rotterdam) chaired the second panel of the NIG Annual Work Conference 2017 on the topic of Understanding Successful Public Governance.

For keynotes please see here and here.

09 nov. 2017 Judith van Erp and Sandra van thiel evaluated the Dutch Gamlbing Authority

on the 9th of november the Dutch minister of Justice and Safety sent the Evaluation of the Dutch Gambling Authority to Parliament. The evaluation was carried out by a team of Dutch scholars including profs. Judith van Erp (UU) and Sandra van Thiel (RU). 

Their main conclusion was that the Gambling Authority has much to gain by intensifying its efforts to coordinate the prevention of gambling addiction. The Gambling Authority plays a valuable role in prevention of organized crime and money laundering. Its legitimacy and performance in consumer protection however are hindered by the delay in parliamentary acceptance of a new law that regulates online gambling – currently, the Gambling Authority only has jurisdiction over landbased gambling. The full report, in Dutch, can be downloaded.

08-09 nov. 2017 Stefanie Beyens and Judith van Erp and Koen verhoest organized a international workshop

International workshop 'Mismatches between reputation and performance' in Antwerp. Stefanie Beyens, Judith van Erp and Koen Verhoest co-organized an international academic workshop on mismatches between reputation and performance in public organizations. The workshop was hosted by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ACTORE , the Antwerp Consortium on the Organization of Rulemaking and Multilevel Governance in Europe. This small scale workshop attended by scholars from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Israel, allowed for intensive discussions about mismatches between organizational performance and their reputation. A paper and special issue are in preparation.

24 oct. 2017 SPG-workshop on the Dutch Election of Best Governmental Organisation of the Year.

SPG-workshop on the Dutch Election of Best Governmental Organisation of the Year. Succesful Public Governance researchers and the VOM (Vereniging voor OverheidsManagement), brought selected participants of the election government organization of the year to reflect on how government organizations achieve success and consolidate. 

 


For key note please see here.

For reflection please see here

05 oct. 2017 Paul 't Hart spoke at the Annual Conference of the Dutch Assosication of Mayors

Paul 't Hart spoke at the Annual Conference of the Dutch Assosication of Mayors (Nederlands Genootschap voor Burgemeesters, NGB) in Lelystad on the topic of Evaluation of the 2012 Police Law and the Formation of the National Police.

2 sept. 2017 Mallory Compton presented a paper to the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in San Fransisco

Mallory Compton presented a paper Occasional Watchdogs or Coalition Pork? Oversight, Policymaking, and Coalition Bargaining, coauthored with Christine S. Lipsmeyer, to the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on September 2, 2017.

July 2017 Scott douglas went on an ANZSOG-sponsored lecture tour

In July 2017, Scott Douglas went on an ANZSOG-sponsored lecture tour around Australia and New Zealand in July and August 2017. He presented Successful Public Governance to more than 600 civil servants in different cities.

28 june 2017 Mallory Compton spoke at the Dahrendorf Workshop

Mallory Compton spoke at the Dahrendorf Workshop "Is European Integration happening on the ground?" Hosted by the European Governance Monitor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin on June 28, 2017.

26 june 2017 Mallory Compton was interviewed on Trump versus Constitution

Interview Mallory Compton on Trump versus constitution: a question of checks and balances. 

22 June 2017 Mallory presented a paper to the European Political Science Association Annual Conference

Mallory Compton presented a paper ‘Occasional Watchdogs or Coalition Pork? Oversight, Policymaking, and Coalition Bargaining’, coauthored with Christine S. Lipsmeyer, to the European Political Science Association Annual Conference in Milan on June 22, 2017.

13 june 2017 Lieske van der Torre and Scott Douglas ran a session at the annual conference of the Association for Dutch Municipalities

Lieske van der Torre and Scott Douglas ran the Public Value session together with Job Cohen at the annual conference of the Association for Dutch Municipalities in Goes, 13 June 2017.

13 June 2017 Paul 't Hart gave a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Association for Dutch Municipalities

Paul ‘t Hart gave a keynote speech "Publiek leiderschap in times of deinstitutionalization" at the annual conference of the Association for Dutch Municipalities in Goes, 13 June 2017.  
 

For YouTube link to speech please see here.

09 June 2017 Mallory Compton presented a Paper at the Public Management Research Association conference

Mallory Compton presented a paper ‘Organizational or Interpersonal Social Capital? Better Performance in Co-Production,’ to the annual Public Management Research Association conference in Washington, DC.

08 June 2017 Mallory Compton presented a paper at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference

Mallory Compton presented a paper ‘Social Capital and the State’ to the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago Illionois.

18 may 2017 Judith van ERp gave a Keynote lecture at the UCALL conference

Judith van Erp gave a keynote lecture at the UCALL conference ‘Accountability and International Business Operations: Providing Justice for Corporate Violations of Human Rights, Labor and Environmental Standards’ at Utrecht University Her lecture was entitled ‘Reputation as a Regulatory Instrument: the Potential and Pitfalls of Naming and Shaming Corporations’.

15 may 2017 Paul 't Hart presents Leading for Public Sector Success in the VUCA Age

Paul 't Hart presents "Leading for Public Sector Success in the VUCA Age" in a training session for the danish national, regional and local civil servants on 15 May 2017. 

05 may 2017 Judith van Erp was keynote speaker at the White-Collar Crime in the 21st Century conference

Judith van Erp was invited to give a keynote lecture called ‘Regulating Corporate Crime in the  Open Society’ at the conference ‘White-Collar Crime in the 21st Century’ at the University of Porto in Portugal.

19 apr. 2017 Lieske van der Torre and Scott Douglas present at the IRSPM conference

Lieske van der Torre and Scott Douglas present their paper Discovering public value in local government at the IRSPM Conference in Budapest.

01-03 mar. 2017 Succesful Public Governance workshop

Successful Public Governance Workshop that took place at Oudaen City Castle, Utrecht. 

For workshop guide, please see here;

 

For workshop memos, please see here:

For keynotes of the workshop please see: 1 March2 March3 March
 

09 feb. 2017 Paul 't Hart presents the program at the conference 10 Jaar Staat van het Bestuur

Paul 't Hart Presents the program at the Conference: 10 jaar Staat van het Bestuur in Nieuwengein on 9 Feb. 2017

For conference link click here.
For the speech slides click here.

20 jan. 2017 Practioners' Panel in Utrecht

The SPG Team held the practitioners' Panel in Utrecht on the 20 Jan. 2017

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