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Success in Public Governance: Assessing and explaining how public problems are sometimes addressed remarkably effectively

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postcode: 3584 CS

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙019˙022 €
 EC max contribution 2˙019˙022 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 2˙019˙022.00


 Project objective

Societies cannot survive and thrive if they are not governed well. The public’s business – e.g. security and safety; health and well-being – needs to be managed effectively. Achieving this in the current era of connectivity, transparency, accountability and assertive, skeptical and empowered citizens deeply challenges the institutions of government, which were largely designed for a drastically different era. We urgently need to learn how we can govern societies successfully under the new circumstances.

However, in both the popular and academic discourse, the focus is on the frailty and fallibility of our government institutions. We excel in explaining how policies fail, reforms falter, public money is wasted, public leaders are distrusted, and public institutions eroded. So much so that robust knowledge about the practices that produce good governance is hard to come by. And yet good governance is all around us, allowing us to learn from successes as well.

This proposal seeks to address the imbalance. It offers a constructive, yet rigorous and systematic investigation of ‘success’ in 21st century governance. An innovative combination of theoretical perspectives, comparative approaches, and mixed methods is developed to answer five questions:

1. How is success in public governance defined and assessed by those who engage in it and those who experience it? 2. Why are some public policies enduringly successful? 3. Why are some public organizations enduringly successful? 4. Why are some interactive, collaborative governance initiatives enduringly successful? 5. How do these successful examples jointly contribute towards understanding the principles of a theory for governance success?

The inquiry will increase our insight into the pivotal yet ill-understood phenomenon of governance that ‘works’. It will enrich the field with new methodologies, provoking the discipline to reconsider the emphasis on failure and undertake the systematic study of success.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Daniel Nohrstedt, Fredrik Bynander, Charles Parker, Paul ‘t Hart
Managing Crises Collaboratively: Prospects and Problems—A Systematic Literature Review
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 2398-4910, DOI: 10.1093/ppmgov/gvx018
Perspectives on Public Management and Governance vol 1, issue 1 2019-06-13
2016 Mark Bovens, Paul ‘t Hart
Revisiting the study of policy failures
published pages: 653-666, ISSN: 1350-1763, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1127273
Journal of European Public Policy 23/5 2019-06-13
2017 Michael Mintrom, Joannah Luetjens
Policy Entrepreneurs and Foreign Policy Decision Making
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.463
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics 2019-06-13
2017 Mijke van de Noort, Scott Douglas, Lieske van der Torre
Belofte, pijn en medicijn: het verantwoorden van publieke waardecreatie aan de lokale politiek en maatschappelijke partners
published pages: 5-21, ISSN: 0165-7194, DOI: 10.5553/Bw/016571942017071002002
Bestuurswetenschappen 71/2 2019-06-13
2018 Olga Verschuren, Stefanie Beyens
Aangescherpt bestuursgericht toezicht in de corporatiesector
published pages: 42-53, ISSN: 0927-3387, DOI: 10.5553/bk/092733872018027004004
Bestuurskunde 27/4 2019-05-22
2018 Michael Mintrom, Joannah Luetjens
Design Thinking in Public Policy
published pages: 140-153, ISSN: , DOI:
Routledge Handbook of Policy Design (eds. Michael Howlett and Ishani Muhkerjee) 2019-05-22
2019 Paul \'t Hart, Joannah Luetjens
Governing by looking back: learning from success and failure
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Lieske van der Torre, Scott Douglas, Paul \'t Hart
Werken aan publieke waarde: Leren van en voor gemeenten
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2018 Paul \'t Hart
Cautionary Tales From the Birthplace of Bureacuracy
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Inside Story (web magazine) 2019-05-22
2019 J. Rob Bray, Matthew Gray, Paul \'t Hart
Evaluation and Learning From Success and Failure
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2019 Paul \'t Hart
The return of the -isms
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Inside Story 2019-05-22
2018 Mallory E. Compton
Less Bang for Your Buck? How Social Capital Constrains the Effectiveness of Social Welfare Spending
published pages: 215-245, ISSN: 1532-4400, DOI: 10.1177/1532440018775424
State Politics & Policy Quarterly 18/3 2019-05-22
2019 Allan Fenna, Paul \'t Hart
The 53 Billion Dollar Question: Was The 2009-10 Fiscal Stimulus a Good Thing?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Michael Mintrom, Joannah Luetjens
Policy entrepreneurs and problem framing: The case of climate change
published pages: 1362-1377, ISSN: 2399-6544, DOI: 10.1177/2399654417708440
Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 35/8 2019-05-22
2019 Joannah Luetjens, Michael Mintrom, Paul \'t Hart
On studying policy successes in Australia and New Zealand
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand (Luetjens, Mintrom and \'t Hart eds.) 1-29 2019-05-22
2018 Paul \'t Hart
Dienen en Beïnvloeden: Verhalen Over Ambtelijk Vakmanschap
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Paul \'t Hart
Towards a second democratic revolution
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inside story (web magazine) 2019-05-22

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