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Research program Public Administration
Governance Capacity

Governance capacity is the intrinsic systematic and institutional power of a society to realise things. This way of looking at the world fits within the history of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the city. The establishment of the university (Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool) by the private sector in the early 20th century was an almost direct response to the social, economic and political needs of a rapidly growing urban and industrial environment around the city’s harbour.

Just like Rotterdam was a laboratory of new governance arrangements in the early 20th century. In the 21th century post-welfare state context, the Erasmus Public Administration scholars work towards the design of new ways of organising and managing people and processes, improving the functioning of public organisations, public service delivery systems and policy-making processes. Developing its longstanding tradition of internationally well-known research in the fields of governance complexity, public management, policy decision-making and public leadership, the activities and research profile of Erasmus Public Administration contribute to a renewed state of the art of public administration research.

Governance capacity as core concept
Governments are looking for new types of governance to tackle the problems and challenges they are facing. All these innovative forms of governance try to enhance the governance capacity to solve societal problems in an effective and legitimate way.

The aim of Erasmus Public Administration research program is to develop a deeper theoretical and empirical understanding of the concept of governance capacity. Furthermore, Erasmus scholars seek to develop new strategies and tools for converting knowledge about governance capacity into contributing to governance capacity (knowledge transfer). With the creation of the Erasmus Governance Design Studio the Erasmus Public Administration wants to initiate the shift towards ‘user-centered governance design’.

Contact: Marjolein Kooistra, communications ESSB, + 31 10 408 2135, kooistra@essb.eur.nl