prof.dr. (Steven) S.G.J. Van de Walle

Full Professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Department of Public Administration and Sociology/ Public Administration
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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M. Haverland, M. de Ruiter & S. Van de Walle (2018). Agenda setting by the European Commission. Seeking public opinion? Journal of European Public Policy, 25 (3), 327-344. doi:

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Steven Van de Walle is Professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. As of October 2016 he will be moving to KU Leuven as Research Professor within the Public Governance Institute. Please mail to

Before joining Erasmus University, he worked as a lecturer at INLOGOV of the University of Birmingham (UK), as a visiting senior research associate at the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (US), and as a researcher at the Public Management Institute at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

In 2012, he received a personal NWO VIDI grant to study public officials' trust in citizens in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This project focuses on the on socialisation of new recruits in public services and their interaction with clients.

Currently, Professor Van de Walle is coordinator the FP7 project Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future - COCOPS (2011-2014). With a total budget of 2.7 million Euros, it is currently one of the largest comparative public management research projects, involving over 25 academics at 11 European universities.

His research and teaching covers the role of public administration in societies and in the state, and specific research interests include citizen perceptions of the public sector, government-citizen relations, public sector performance, corruption, trust in government, satisfaction surveys, comparative public administration and governance indicators