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Many governments today claim that they are squarely focused on ‘what works’ in designing their policies and the organizations tasked with delivering them. But in practice, they don’t really know what works? What does success in governing public problems mean? Why is it that in a population of organisations with an identical public task – such as social security agencies, health and safety inspectorates, police forces or ombudsman agencies – only some succeed in combining excellent performance with a strong public reputation for a substantial period of time? Likewise, why do some collaborative governance networks tackling complex public problems succeed and persist, where others trying exactly the same don’t? And why do some public policy programs that aim to change citizen attitudes and behaviours maintain consistently higher rates of impact and public support in some jurisdictions than in others?

You will work in a team of five (1 PI, 2 postdocs, 2 phd fellows) researchers on these critical, but seldom squarely tackled questions. We will use a range of analytical and methodological approaches. Our academic objectives are to discover patterns and to build theories of success in the public sector. Our applied ambitions are to work with public sector partners to translate these findings into practices of institutional design and professional development programs for public office-holders and public managers.
You will play a key role in developing the program’s operational design and methods, as well as in building and maintaining the international academic and practitioner partnerships that we will build up to enhance its comparative scope and its applied orientation. You will conduct state of the art research within the program, both alone and in collaborations with team members and affiliates, and publish its findings in academic, applied and wide-circulation media. You will co-supervise a PhD student. You will take an active part in spinoff applied research and training activities emanating from the program.

Deadline for Application : 

10 May 2016

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