Governance and public decision making

This research line focuses on the way in which governing institutions act and interact with each other, and with individuals, social groups, companies, civil servants and vulnerable groups such as (stateless) refugees. The principles of proper rule-making, good administration and due process, are regarded as guiding precepts in this matter. This is examined against the background of

  • evolving views on public management, public-private partnerships, and the role of public institutions and agencies,
  • evolving insights on government relations with citizens and social groups, towards a more horizontal network structure, and
  • pressing challenges such as climate change, urbanization, technological innovations, global health crises, social inequalities and migration.

The core question is: how can we organize public decision-making in a way that secures the quality, timeliness and legitimacy of laws, administrative and judicial decisions?