We assess and explain success.

The Successful Public Governance programme aims is aiming at offering a constructive, rigorous and systematic investigation of 'success' in the twenty-first century governance. Read more about the programme and view our staff.

Our research interests include constructing 'success' in governance, assessing and explaining policy, agency, collaborative and local government success.
View the research themes and an overview of related publications.

Successful Public Governance is a research programme within the Utrecht University School of Governance.
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Upcoming Events

29 March 2021

Online Symposium: Guardians of Public Value
This panel builds upon the publication of the recently published Guardians of Public Value: How Public Organizations Become and Remain Institutions (free to download at Springer). In this panel we will discuss how public organisations navigate change, criticism and controversy without sacrificing core values and institutional identity. Read more about the symposium Here.


Two more Great Policy Successes books are on their way
Following the good experience and warm reception of the two books of case studies of policy successes last year, we are happy to announce that two more such projects are now in preparation and will be published - again also in open access format - in 2021 and 2022: 

  • Great Policy Successes in Canada. Edited by Mike Howlett, Evert Lindquist, Grace Skogstad, Genevieve Tellier and Paul 't Hart. Read the book proposal Here.
  • Great Policy Successes in Scandinavia. Edited by Jaakko Kaukko, Daniel Nohrstedt, Paul 't Hart, Bent Sofus Tranøy and Carina de la Porte. Read the book proposal Here​.

Past Events

12 February 2020

Paul 't Hart presented for the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Paul 't Hart presented the Guardians of Public Value book during the 'koffie-uurtje van de President' for the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). View the keynote Here

12 February 2020

Paul 't Hart presented for the Directore-General Society and Covid
A presentation by Paul 't Hart titled 'On the Balcony of COVID-19', for a staff meeting of the Directorate-General Society and Covid-19 of the Dutch National Government. View the keynote Here

View the News and Events page for more information about activities by the SPG-project.

SPG Books on Successful Public Organisations and Successful Public Policies



This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No694266).