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

Recent Article by A. Lehr, A. Akkerman and R. Torenvlied: Spillover and conflict in collective bargaining: evidence from a survey of Dutch union and firm negotiators

Using unique survey data on Dutch collective agreement negotiators, the authors model how information about other collective bargaining events influences the probability of negotiators encountering bargaining impasses or industrial action during collective bargaining. Competing hypotheses about this influence, derived from economic, social psychological and sociological approaches, are tested. The findings indicate that information about bargaining outcomes elsewhere has no significant effect on the occurrence of conflict. However, if the information content of spillover refers to the conflict potential in other bargaining events and the sources of information are proximate, the probability of conflict is increased. This suggests that sociological mechanisms offer a compelling alternative to those invoked in economics for explaining the relationship between spillover and conflict. ... read more

Recent article by A.K. Kölln: The value of political parties to representative democracy

Political parties play a major role in democratic processes around the world. Recent empirical research suggests that parties are increasingly less important to citizens. Simultaneously, classic and contemporary theories of representative democracy specifically still minimally incorporate accounts of party benefit. This article attempts to reconcile normative political theory on democratic representation with party politics literature. It evaluates party democracy’s value in comparison with its next best theoretical alternative – pluralist democracy with individual representatives – along two different paths. It argues that parties are not flawless, but party democracy is preferable over pluralist democracy. Parties increase predictability and the transparency of policy outcomes. This, in turn, facilitates better accountability between voters and their representatives. In addition, parties save politics from becoming a dispersed and even possibly a contradictory set of actions. ... read more

Ruim vier ton voor onderzoek krimpregio’s

Bron: UT Nieuws 20 November 2014

Economisch geograaf Gert-Jan Hospers krijgt ruim vier ton subsidie van de Zweedse overheid om onderzoek te doen naar krimpregio’s in Zweden en Nederland. De UT-onderzoeker neemt bevolkingskrimp in onder andere de Achterhoek en Zuid-Limburg onder de loep. ... read more

Over Van der Burg’s ‘Football Business’ in NRC

Afgelopen weekend (8-9 November 2014) werd er in NRC Next en NRC Handelsblad uitgebreid aandacht besteed aan het boek ‘Football Business: How Markets are Breaking the Beautiful Game’ van econoom Tsjalle van der Burg. Klik ... read more