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Politics & Public Governance

Research Group

Lifecycle:1 Oct 2018 →  Today
Organisation profile:The first research axis is labelled 'Diversity and equality in politics & public governance'. It studies how different needs and interests are mobilised, recognized and represented in political and administrative decision-making, how groups organize to compete for influence, and how politics and governance (re-)produce equality and inequality. Focus is on how societal, political and administrative institutions and practices bring about intended and unintended inequality, discrimination and exclusion on the basis of social markers such as gender, ethnicity, disability and sexuality. The second research axis is called 'Knowledge and information in and through politics & public governance'. It studies how politicians, policy-makers and public administrators make decisions. On the one hand there is the increasing use of indicator-based information in public decision making to make governing more evidence-based and technocratic. On the other hand and in contrast to this, non-technical, layman information is emphasized more and more in processes of co-creation and co-production. In this context, we also study how (future) policy-makers can learn to cope with complex decision-making environments and how such skills-teaching can be embedded in academic curricula.The third research axis, called 'Politics & public governance in a European multi-layered and multi-actor context'. It focuses on the horizontal and vertical complexity of contemporary politics and public governance. Supra-nationalization, decentralization and decades of administrative reforms have dispersed public authority into institutional constellations that are governed by combinations of hierarchy, market and networks. Boundaries between public, non-profit and private responsibility for public governance have blurred. Increasingly, parliaments, cabinets, administrations and agencies at EU, national, regional and local level as well as private actors have to collaborate when making and implementing policies, regulations and service delivery. We focus on how political and public governance actors and systems deal with the changing and often conflicting institutional logics and how interest groups mobilize, organize and implement strategies to generate impact.
Disciplines:Other economics and business, Citizenship, immigration and political inequality, International and compartive politics, Multilevel governance, National politics, Political behaviour, Political organisations and institutions, Political theory and methodology, Public administration, Other political science