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


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

31 March 2021

Paul ’t Hart presented for the Directorate-General for the National Budget
Paul ’t Hart gave a lecture on the relation between politics and the civil service for the Directorate State Budget at the Ministry of Finance (Directoraat-generaal Rijksbegroting, Ministerie van Financiën). View the keynote Here.

30 March 2021

Paul ’t Hart for the Directorate of Vocational Education
Paul ’t Hart gave a presentation about task-based work and collaborative governance  for the Directorate of Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (directie MBO, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap). 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).