Academy Colloquium

Behavioral Public Administration: Understanding key public administration challenges by combining insights from psychology and public administration

3 November 2016  -  5 November 2016
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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Public administration researchers are increasingly drawing from – and building on – psychological theories to answer important questions in their field. Such theories are highly relevant to key issues in public administration.

Some examples are:

  • what motivates public servants
  • people’s behaviour after public services are privatised
  • leadership issues in the public and private contexts


The aim of this Academy Colloquium is to build a bridge between public administration and psychology. During the colloquium, experts from both fields will work together to develop lines of research of benefit to both the research community and society. The colloquium marks the start of a new interdisciplinary field that combines insights from psychology and public administration: Behavioral Public Administration.


Prof. P. ‘t Hart (Utrecht University), Dr S. Jilke (Rutgers University, United States), Dr L. Tummers (Utrecht University)


This colloquium has generously been sponsored by Rutgers University, Newark, the USG (Utrecht University School of Governance).

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