Erasmus professor Christopher Pollitt wins international prize

Christopher Pollitt of the Centre for Public Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam has been awarded the 2004 Hans-Sigrist prize to honour outstanding research in the field of public governance. The prize includes a cheque for 100,000 Swiss francs, to be devoted to research purposes.

Each year the Hans Sigrist Foundation chooses a scientific field and seeks the views of an international panel of referees. This is the first time someone from a Dutch institution has won the prize, which has been awarded annually since 1994. For example, previous winners have come from MIT (Prof. Horvitz, 1994), Harvard (Prof. Newhouse, 1995 ), Yale (Dr Galàn, 2002) and La Sapienza University, Rome (Prof. Gentile, 2003). Pollitt will travel to the University of Bern in December for a ceremony at which he will be presented with the prize.

Pollitt began his career as a Whitehall civil servant. Joining the Open University in 1975, he then became Professor of Government at Brunel (1990), spent a year at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1997) and took up his present post as Professor of Public Management at Erasmus in 1999. Since the beginning of this year he has also served as Scientific Director of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). He is best known for his writings on the 'New Public Management' (especially Managerialism and the public services, Blackwell, 1990) and his more recent comparative work (particularly Public management reform: a comparative analysis, with Geert Bouckaert, Oxford University Press, 2000). In 2003 he published an innovative text for students, The essential public manager (Open University Press). From 1980 to 1989 he was editor of the journal Public Administration. Pollitt has also undertaken extensive advisory and consultancy roles for, inter alia, the OECD, the World Bank, the European Commission and several national governments.