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The Institute of Public Administration


The Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands. The Institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague.

Research Program

The research programme of the institute is concentrated on the analysis of politics and administration of institutional change. The institute is also part of the research profile Political Legitimacy. One of the eleven research profile areas of Leiden University. The five research chairs:  European Governance, International Governance, Public Sector Management, Comparative Public Sector Reform and Public Affairs & Public Policy bring together researchers with a common profile. 

Its research is partly funded by the Dutch government, partly by research grants awarded by national and European research organisations, and partly by public and private commissioning parties.

Cooperation and partners

The Institute participates in the Netherlands Institute of Government  (NIG), the nationwide research school for Public Administration and Political Science. The Institute works closely together with the City of The Hague, the CAOP (Center for Public Sector Labor Relations) and the BVPA (Professional Association for Public Affairs) in The Hague.

Nationally, the Institute is a partner in the Association for Public Administration .

Internationally, the Institute actively participates in such networks as the European Consortium for Political Research  (ECPR), the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA), the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the Public Management Research Association (PMRA), and the European Master of Public Administration Consortium (EMPA).


The PhD candidates of the Institute of Public Administration are part of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. 


Research centres are part of the research program of the Institute of Public administration. These centres aim to perform and promote research on specific topics in the fields of the research program.

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