Educational programmes:

The Department of Public Administration (PA)

The Department of Public Administration (PA) is responsible for research and education in the areas of Public Administration, European Studies and Public Management and Policy. It approaches these issues from a multilevel perspective with a focus of the relationship between sub-national, national, European and global levels of governance. PA is a multidisciplinary group of researchers, combining economic, legal, political and sociological perspectives in a strong methodological setting.

Research is mainly embedded in the multi-disciplinary research program Innovation of Governance of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies - IGS, which focuses mainly on changes in the relationships between citizens and their government at various levels (local, regional, EU and global) with specific attention for the emergence of multilevel governance, from the viewpoints of legitimacy and effectiveness.

Two central themes, Democracy and European Governance and Integration, are covered by two IGS Centres of Expertise: the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Centre for European Studies.

The Department is composed of the following disciplinary groups:


Economic Governance


Law and Regulation


Political Science and Research Methods


Public Management


Sociology of Public Governance

Latest news

Martin Rosema appointed as Co-Editor of Political Psychology

Martin Rosema has been appointed as Co-Editor of the journal Political Psychology. This is the flagship journal of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) published by Wiley-Blackwell. Political Psychology is an interdisciplinary journal that is ranked in the ISI (Institute for Scientific Information ) top 20 of both Political Science and Social Psychology. The co-editorship is for five years. Martin Rosema works as assistant professor of political science in the department of Public Administration. ... read more

Ann Morissens received an InGRID visiting grant

Ann Morissens received an InGRID visiting grant (EU7th framework) to work on the project: Role of childcare services in combating single parent poverty. She will visit the Swedish Institute for Social Research in May 2015. ... read more

Recente publicatie M. Oude Vrielink - Bouwen aan burgerkracht in het sociale domein

Burgerkracht is niet meer weg te denken uit gemeentelijke nota’s op de terreinen
van jeugdzorg, maatschappelijke ondersteuning en werk en inkomen. Volgens de bedenkers van de term, Nico de Boer en Jos van Lans, fungeert het begrip sinds 2011 ‘als vlag op een nieuwe manier van werken, die institutionele en professionele vernieuwing paart aan de zich ontwikkelende capaciteiten van burger op alle niveaus’. Maar wat is burgerkracht nu precies en wat betekent dit voor burgers, gemeenten en professionals? ... read more

Vacancy - PhD position - On twitter analysis for cancer awareness campaigns

This PhD position is part of the research project “How Twitter awareness campaigning affects cancer prevention and early detection behavior”. Today, cancer is one of the most deadly diseases: worldwide, each and every minute more than 15 people die from cancer. According to the World Health Organization, about one third of these cancers deaths could be prevented by (1) doing research, (2) screening, (3) changing lifestyles and (4) taking vaccinations. Nowadays, health organizations initiate online campaigns to raise awareness and to change behavior among citizens. But little is known as to whether or not these campaigns really help. The envisioned PhD student would study how and under which conditions online cancer awareness campaigns actually increase funding, raise awareness, and change behavior of citizens. ... read more