Department of Political ScienceØster Farimagsgade 51353 København K
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Associate professor in public administration and leadership. Main research and teaching topic: reforms in the public sector. I have studied the recent Danish local government reform and the so-called “Quality Reform” intensively at a national, regional and local level focusing on political and administrative leadership, co-worker influence and citizen participation, among other what constitutes “core quality”: the quality being created in the interplay between the street level bureaucrat and the individual citizen. As a social science basic researcher I am searching for changes in patterns of behaviour of different groups of actors. And in my applied research I get engaged into interactive processes, where researchers and practitioners develop new knowledge together.
Plans for 2012
Ongoing work on a series of theorygenerating and methodological articles.
Municipal Merger Processes: The research is based on a summary of experiences aiming at creating so-called ”transverse processes” related to the Danish local government reform in a comparison with similar reforms in other countries.
Transverse Leadership Processes: This research is based on experiences from so-called fourth generation leadership development, latest in the form of interactive research- and development activities related to the flexible master education in public governance (MPG). A state-of-the-art paper will form the basis for a workshop in October.
Pragmatic Evaluation: The research is based on experiences with the application of this special approach to evaluation. A draft to an article will be presented at a conference in June.
Urban Political Decentralisation: This research is based on evaluations of the experiences in the municipality of Copenhagen focusing on the attempt to create transverse processes connected to urban district councils in a comparison with similar councils in other countries.
New research projects to start in 2012:
Participation in the interactive elements of a research project about governance in a time of crises (headed by Hanne Foss Hansen)
Health management in a context with political tensions. A proposal was presented at a seminar at the faculty in March.