EGPA Virtual Sessions Permanent Study Group (PSG XXII) on “Behavioral Public Administration”Connecting Behavioral Public Administration and Computer Science. The study group’s strategic aim is to study the micro-foundations of public services from both the supply (e.g., public employees and organizational models) and the demand side (e.g., citizens and clients). The theme of 2020 will be on analyzing how Behavioral Public Administration can connect to new developments in Computer Science, including […]

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A research project into changing the behaviour of employers, so that they hire more people with working disabilities, will be supported by Instituut Gak in the coming years. Five scholars from Utrecht University tackle this issue together, by combining insights from public administration and psychology. We are not only going to map out why employers are having difficulties in hiring people with certain disabilities. We will then actually implement an intervention […]

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Article about nudging. Also check out the article on nudges in a nicely formatted pdf! The statement ‘9 out of 10 people read this article’ is a nudge. More generally, a nudge is a way to change behavior without prohibiting options or significantly changing its costs (Thaler & Sunstein, 2007). To change behavior we could also think about making reading the article mandatory. This would not be a nudge, as […]

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We published a new article on Field Experiments in Public Administration, in the top journal Public Administration Review. Read it open access here! Abstract Field Experiments in PA Field experiments have become popular in public administration. By allowing for the identification of causal effects in realistic settings, field experiments may become central in several research agendas of relevance to the field. Conducting field experiments is difficult and problems often occur along the way. […]

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We published a new article on Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Public Sector, in the top journal Public Administration Review. Read it here! Abstract This article presents a systematic literature review of organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) in the public sector. The findings show that although OCB is gaining more attention in the public sector, research often does not take specific public sector characteristics or concepts into account. Based on the […]

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Implementing evidence-based medicine is difficult. In this new overview study led by Rosanna Nagtegaal, we review the literature on how professionals can be nudged to use evidence-based medicine. Forthcoming in the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. Abstract Translating medical evidence into practice is difficult. Key challenges in applying evidence-based medicine are information overload and that evidence needs to be used in context by healthcare professionals. Nudging (i.e. softly steering) healthcare […]

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New article, entitled Public Policy and Behavior Change, in Public Administration Review. Abstract Changing behavior is often necessary to tackle various societal problems, such as obesity, alcohol abuse, and debt problems. This article has two goals. First, it aims to highlight how governments can try to change behavior of citizens. Government can use various policy instruments, including incentives, bans/mandates, information campaigns, and nudges. However, the government should not be a […]

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A new edition of a popular textbook that provides a systematic and up-to-date introduction to the different approaches to understanding leadership in the public sector. This text draws together a wide range of enduring and cutting-edge scholarship to provide a clear and concise overview of the area. Written by two of the field’s leading experts, it uses real-world case studies to unpack the dilemmas and complexities facing leaders in contemporary […]

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Abstract Transparent reporting, replications and open data are vital for scientific progress and developing useful knowledge for practice. However, public administration is not fully transparent (for instance, null effects are seldom published), replications are almost never conducted let alone published and few open datasets are available. We do not have a fully open research culture. In this article, I first argue that this is problematic. Second, I show how we […]

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Honored and humbled to receive the 2019 Beryl Radin Award for Best Article in JPART, together with my co-author Sebastian Jilke from Rutgers University-Newark. The article “Which Clients are Deserving of Help? A Theoretical Model and Experimental Test?” is available on the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory website and on open repositories. Evaluation report: “The committee concluded that this is an important article that advances our understanding of […]

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