Winning the Van Poelje Prize!

DSC_4770 - versie 2Last week I received the Van Poelje Annual Prize for best PhD dissertation in Public Administration and Policy Sciences. The prize is awarded by the Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde. A great honor and recognition! The jury selected a short list of four dissertations out of 29 nominated dissertations that were defended in The Netherlands and Flanders in 2011, and awarded the prize to Hylke Dijkstra, and myself. The prize was awarded during a festive ceremony in Utrecht on February 28th.

The prize is named after Gerrit Abraham van Poelje (1884 – 1976), who was one of the founders of Public Administration as an academic discipline in The Netherlands. In 1928 he held the first Chair in Public Administration at the Dutch Economic Institute in Rotterdam.


Winning the prize is an additional encouragement to replicate the 2007 survey among top civil servants in The Netherlands and Britain. When the new data are gathered and analyzed , I’m hoping to publish a second edition of my 2011 book Transforming for Europe, The Reshaping of National Bureaucracies in a System of Multi-level Governance (see here).

The complete jury report (in Dutch) can be found here.

The Leiden University press release (in Dutch) can be found here.