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DAAD-Preisträger 2020 Juan Ceballos

DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements of international students goes to Juan Ceballos (MA NIA)

Sabine Kuhlmann nominated the committed Colombian, who studies the English programme National and International Administration and Policy, for the award.


The long and arduous road to the digital citizen's office

In a blog post published by the ÖFIT, Sabine Kuhlmann, Jörg Bogumil and Moritz Heuberger shed light on progress and obstacles to the digitalization of German local one-stop shops.


Digitalization of administration in times of Corona

In the Potsdam university magazine “Portal”, Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann speaks about changes in the digitalization of public administration in Germany induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sabine Kuhlmann talks about devolution and decentralization in the podcast "Reasons to be Cheerful"

In a podcast by former Labour leader Ed Miliband and British radio presenter Geoff Lloyd, Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann spoke about her assessment of devolution and decentralization reforms.


Author's workshop: Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: From Design to Impact

On March 12, 2020, a workshop of our chair took place at the University of Potsdam for potential authors of the dms-Special Issue on the digital transformation of public administration.

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Sabine Kuhlmann discusses the topic of bureaucracy in Germany on SWR2

Is the flood of regulations endangering Germany as a business location? How can democratic principles be reconciled with the interests of economy? Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann discussed these issues on SWR2.

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Sabine Kuhlmann appointed to "Local Government Studies" Editorial Board

Local Governt Studies is one of the leading journals for the study of local politics, policy, public administration and governance. Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann was appointed in 2020 to the editorial board.

Sabine Kuhlmann being inducted as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.

Sabine Kuhlmann appointed as a NAPA-Fellow

At the 7. November 2019 Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann was appointed as the only European public administration scientist as a National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellow.

Graduiertenkolleg Mittelstadt

Post-graduate Programme: Medium-sized Cities: Modernization and Participation

Call for tender for medium-sized cities and postgraduates: On behalf of the Robert Bosch Foundation apply now!


NKR annual report and expert opinion published

On 23 October 2019, the National Regulatory Control Council (NKR), whose Vice-Chairman is Prof. Kuhlmann, presented its 2019 Annual Report to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Call for Proposals - Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: From Design to Impact

Potential authors are invited to submit proposals for an interdisciplinary special issue on digital transformation in the public sector by 31 October 2019.

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Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann has been appointed guest professor in Lund

The University of Lund in Sweden has appointed Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann as "Holder of the Hedda Andersson Chair"


Study „Digitalization of local one-stop shops in Germany” will be published by Nomos soon

The Hans Böckler Foundation study "Digitalization of local one-stop shops in Germany", written by Sabine Kuhlmann, Christian Schwab, Jörg Bogumil and Sascha Gerber will soon be released by Nomos.

Creative Bureaucrecy Festival

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann acted as speaker at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2019

At this year's Creative Bureaucracy Festival, organized by the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann was a guest speaker on the topics of digitalization and the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann was elected NAPA Fellow

Together with 50 renowned scientists and top managers of public administration in the USA, Prof. Kuhlmann was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).


EGPA Conference 2019 in Belfast

EGPA Vice-President Prof. Kuhlmann and the staff of the Chair participated again this year in the conference of the European Group for Public Administration.

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Sabine Kuhlmann in der Paneldiskussion zur Verwaltung der Zukunft

Sabine Kuhlmann speaks about administration of the future at the congress "Digitaler Staat online"

On July 7, Sabine Kuhlmann was invited as a guest speaker to the online congress “Digitaler Staat” organized by Behörden Spiegel and dealing with the “Administration of the Future” (from min. 1:00:00)

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NEW: Digital Governance in the Federal State

In collaboration with Hannes Kühn and Thomas Danken, Sabine Kuhlmann has contributed to a book on public service delivery in the light of digitalization and, associated therewith, our conception of statehood. In their chapter “Digitale Governance im Bundesstaat: föderale Architektur, kommunale Umsetzung und Perspektiven einer neuen Staatskunst” (in: Lühr, Henning (ed.): Digitale Daseinsvorsorge. Bremer Gespräche zur digitalen Staatskunst. Bremen: Kellner Verlag), the three authors examine steering mechanisms with regard to the digital transformation and the state of implementation of digitalization projects such as the Online Access Act (Onlinezugangsgesetz – OZG). The focus of the article is on German municipalities.

More information on the publication can be found here.


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NEW: European Coronationalism? A Hot Spot Governing a Pandemic Crisis

Together with scholars from different European countries, Sabine Kuhlmann has contributed to the renowned international Journal Public Administration Review. In their article “European Coronationalism? A Hot Spot Governing a Pandemic Crisis” Sabine Kuhlmann, Geert Bouckaert and Steven van Hecke (KU Leuven), Davide Galli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) and Renate Reiter (FernUni Hagen) discuss and compare the governance and administrative management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy.

You can read the article here. Further information on public Administration Review can be found here.

Sabine Kuhlmann in Lund

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuhlmann appointed visiting professor in Lund

Further information on the visiting professorship in Lund will be provided here.

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Medium-sized Cities: Modernization and Participation

On behalf of the Robert Bosch Foundation, the team, consisting of RWTH Aachen University, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Potsdam developed a post-graduate programme for prospective development of smaller medium-sized cities. For more information click here.

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The second edition of the book "Introduction to Comparative Public Administration" is now available

The second edition of the book "Introduction to Comparative Public Administration" has been published. The textbook introduces central concepts of comparative public administration.

You can order the book now here. Further information can be found in the product flyer.