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Paul ‘t Hart arrived at ANU in December 2005. Prior to that, he was research professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, in addition to holding an adjunct professorial position at the Swedish Defence College in Stockholm (2001-2005) and serving as Dean of the Executive MPA Programme at the Netherlands School of Government in the Hague (2002-2005). He was at Leiden University’s Department of Public Administration from 1987-2004, and has held visiting positions at the University of Canberra, Nuffield College Oxford, and the Stockholm Centre of Organizational Research (SCORE) of Stockholm University.

His research interests include: public leadership (political, bureaucratic, societal); elite behaviour and group dynamics in government; policy evaluation and policy change; political and bureaucratic responses to ‘crises’; the organisation of public and organisational memory; relations between political and bureaucratic officials within government; and the design and practice of accountability in public organisations.

Among his published works in English are: Groupthink in Government: A Study of Small Groups and Policy Failure (Johns Hopkins UP, 1994); Understanding Policy Fiascoes (with Mark Bovens, Transaction, 1996); Beyond Groupthink: Political Group Dynamics and Foreign Policymaking (co-edited with Erik Stern and Bengt Sundelius, University of Michigan Press, 1997); Public Policy Disasters in Western Europe (co-edited with Pat Gray, Routledge, 1998); Success and Failure in Public Governance: A Comparative Analysis (co-edited with Mark Bovens and B. Guy Peters, Edward Elgar, 2001); The Politics of Crisis Management (co-authored with Arjen Boin, Eric Stern and Bengt Sundelius, Cambridge University Press, 2005); Observing Government Elites: Up Close and Personal (co-edited with Rod Rhodes and Mirko Noordegraaf, Palgrave, 2007); Governing After Crisis: The Politics of Investigation, Accountability and Learning (co-edited with Arjen Boin and Allan McConnell, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Public Leadership: Perspectives and Practices (co-edited with John Uhr, ANU E Press 2008), Dispersed Democratic Leadership (co-edited with John Kane and Haig Patapan, Oxford UP 2009), and Framing the Global Meltdown: Crisis Rhetoric and the Politics of Recessions (co-edited with Karen Tindall, ANU E Press 2009).

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