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"Da koordiniert man sich zu Tode": Interview with Sabine Kuhlmann published on ZDFheute on May 7

In the interview, Sabine Kuhlmann talks about deficits in the digitalization of German administrations, excessive bureaucracy in the pandemic, and lacking but necessary administrative pragmatism.


Sabine Kuhlmann guest in the podcast Ein neuer Tag by Berliner Rundfunk presenter Simone Panteleit

In the episode from May 19 on the topic of Germany’s digital deficiencies, Sabine Kuhlmann talks about the hurdles in cutting red tape, slow digitalization and why she remains confident nonetheless.


Article on schools in the Covid-19 crisis published – ZDFheute interviews Sabine Kuhlmann

In a ZDFheute article published May 5, Prof. Kuhlmann emphasizes the urgent need to reduce bureaucracy in application and approval procedures so that investments in schools are approved more quickly.

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Prof. Kuhlmann as guest at the SDG 16 conference of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

On April 28, Sabine Kuhlmann participated in a panel discussion where she discussed with experts the preliminary lessons learned from the response of public institutions to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sabine Kuhlmann as guest on Deutschlandfunk Kultur

On 9.4. Sabine Kuhlmann gave an interview regarding the role of bureaucracy and the reduction of bureaucracy, specifically using the example of planning and approval procedures.


Website of the project "Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt" online

In the graduate college, which is funded by the Bosch Foundation, scientists conduct research on transformations in medium-sized cities. Tomás Vellani's project focuses on digital transformation.

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“Opportunity management of the COVID-19 pandemic” published in IRAS

The IRAS article (Kuhlmann/Bouckaert/Galli/Reiter/Van Hecke) examines the COVID-19 pandemic as a window of opportunity for policy and management in a global perspective.

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Article by Sabine Kuhlmann published in Local Government Studies

The article appeared "Multi-level responses to COVID-19: crisis coordination in Germany from an intergovernmental perspective" in Local Government Studies.

The Future of Local Self-Government

"The Future of Local Self-Government" available to members of the University of Potsdam.

Members of the University of Potsdam can now download the book "The Future of Local Self-Government" (ed. Bergström, Franzke, Kuhlmann, and Wayenberg) as an eBook via the library's website.

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"Local Integration of Migrants Policy" available for members of the University of Potsdam.

Members of the University of Potsdam will soon be able to download the book "Local Integration of Migrants Policy" (ed. Franzke, Ruano de la Fuente) as an eBook via the library's website

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Potsdam's Contribution to the Evaluation of the Danish COVID-19 Strategy

For the evaluation of the Danish COVID-19 strategy initiated by the Danish parliament, Sabine Kuhlmann and Jochen Franzke contributed an analysis of the German Covid-19 governance.

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New volume on prefects and territorial executives in Europe published

Jörg Bogumil and Sabine Kuhlmann contributed a chapter on executive actors and leadership structures of territorial administration at the state and local levels in Germany to this volume.

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"Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy" published

In their contribution on "Comparative methods in PA - the value of looking around" Sabine Kuhlmann and Markus Seyfried present analytical concepts and methods of comparative administrative research.

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"The Future of Local Self-Government" published

The book (eds. Bergström/Franzke/Kuhlmann/Wayenberg; Palgrave) presents new research findings on the challenges of local government in various European countries.

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"Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic" published

At the IIAS Annual Conference, Sabine Kuhlmann presented a paper on "Between Unity and Variety: Germany's Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic" from the newly published book.

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Study "Local Governments’ Capacity to Act: A European Comparison" published

In the study commissioned by the Bundesinstitut für Bau-,Stadt und Raumforschung (BBSR) Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann, Benoît Dumas and Moritz Heuberger compare the local self-government in Europe.

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"Public Administration in Germany" published

The book (eds. Kuhlmann/Proeller/Schimanke/Ziekow; Palgrave) provides the international audience with a comprehensive overview of basic institutions and reforms of the German administration.

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Conference on Better Regulation under the German Presidency of the Council

On 3 November, Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier opened the virtual conference on Better Regulation at EU level organized by the BMWi. Prof. Kuhlmann also spoke at this conference (1:05:00).

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NKR Annual Report 2020 published

On 21 October, the National Regulatory Control Council, whose deputy chairperson is Sabine Kuhlmann, presented Chancellor Angela Merkel with its annual report 2020 "The Crisis as a Wake-Up Call".

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Successful doctorate by Antonia Schurig (Magna cum laude)

Congratulations to Antonia Schurig on completing her doctorate! The dissertation, supervised by Prof. Kuhlmann & Prof. Veit (University of Kassel), examines Better Regulation in a European comparison.

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2 October 2020: Sabine Kuhlmann gives lecture in Helsingborg

As part of her Hedda Andersson guest professorship, Sabine Kuhlmann gave a lecture on "The Digitalization of Local Public Services: Evidence from Germany".

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European Coronationalism? A Hot Spot Governing a Pandemic Crisis

In the Public Administration Review S. Kuhlmann, G. Bouckaert, D. Galli, R. Reiter and S. van Hecke analyze the governance and administrative management of the COVID-19 crisis in a country comparison.

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In Digital Insight Sabine Kuhlmann talks about digitalization and bureaucracy reduction

In an interview for Digital Insight, Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann discusses the question of how compatible the German administrative tradition is with digitalization.

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Local one-stop shops and administrative digitalization

The journal for digital administrative modernization, Kommune21, reports on the study on progress in the digitalization of local one-stop shops.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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Tomás Vellani at digital meeting of the college "Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt"

In April, the next meeting of the graduate college  "Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt" took place with PhD students, professors, and the coordinator. On this occasion, the participants intensively discussed their individual research approaches, which were put down in abstracts . Following the lively working week, the participants will now put their projects into practice.  Follow all developments in the Logbuch.

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Article by Moritz Heuberger published in dms

The new issue of the journal dms - der moderne Staat is published with the main focus on digital transformation in the public sector: from design to impact. Together with Dr. Caroline Fischer and Prof. Dr. Moreen Heine, this issue is edited by Moritz Heuberger. The issue contains seven articles on the impact of digitalization on public administration and the public sector. Among these articles, there is the introductory article, which is designed as a meta study and literature review and is also co-authored by Moritz Heuberger. The entire issue is accessible for free: https://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/dms/issue/view/2807 


Contributions of PhD Students to the FoJuS Annual Conference 2021

This year's meeting of the Young State, Policy, and Administration Research (FoJuS) Forum of the Policy Analysis and Administrative Science Section of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) took place February 25-26, 2021. At the meeting, Ms. Marienfeldt, Mr. Heuberger and Mr. Vellani presented results from their dissertation projects as well as current research projects of the chair. 

The abstracts of the contributions can be read here:

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Sabine Kuhlmann now co-editor of the Springer VS series Stadtforschung aktuell

Since May 2021, Sabine Kuhlmann, together with Hellmut Wollmann (HUB) and Jörg Bogumil (RUB), has been the editor of the publication series Stadtforschung aktuell, which has been published by Springer VS since the 1980s in cooperation with the DVPW working group "Local Policy Research" (LOPOFO) and now comprises more than 130 volumes. The series deals with topics from regional and local research and addresses a broad readership from academia and practice.

Klick here to download the flyer. 


A Research Agenda for Regional and Local Government: Chapter by Sabine Kuhlmann

A Research Agenda for Regional and Local Government (Edward Elgar), edited by Mark Callanan (Senior Lecturer, Whitaker School of Government and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland) und John Loughlin (Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Politics, Cardiff University, UK) contains contributions from multitudinous researchers on reforms in regional and local governments worldwide. The chapter by Sabine Kuhlmann “Managerial reforms from a comparative perspective: European subnational governments in the post-New Public Management era” analyses (post-) NPM reforms in a cross-country comparison (among others UK, Germany, Sweden). Both the external relations between local governments and the private sector and internal managerial reforms as well as intended and unintended reform effects are examined. 

Klick here to download the flyer.

Public Administration in Germany

NOW NEW: "Public Administration in Germany" published


"Public Administration in Germany" was published February 28, 2021 Open-Access (ed. by Sabine Kuhlmann, Isabella Proeller, Dieter Schimanke, Jan Ziekow; Palgrave; IIAS Governance and Public Management Series ).

Access the book here.

This book, produced in cooperation with the German Section of the IIAS, offers an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of public administration and its reforms in Germany to an international reading public. It is intended to address the growing need for a relevant standard work on German public administration, which is increasingly being articulated in the international community of administrative researchers and practitioners. In addition to basic institutions of German public administration, the contributions deal with essential current reform approaches and the relationships between administration, society and the market, and derive lessons for international concept transfer.

Watch a video about the newly released book here.
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Interview der Zeitung Welt mit Sabine Kuhlmann

In the interview, Sabine Kuhlmann provides an insight into how the German administration is dealing with the Corona pandemic.

You can access the entire interview here.

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IRAS Special Issue on COVID-19 Governance from an Intern. Perspective Published

On Jan. 6, 2021, the article authored by Sabine Kuhlmann, Mikael Hellström, Ulf Ramberg, and Renate Reiter appeared in the International Review of Administrative Sciences (online first).

Please find here the Special Issue with all articles for free download.
A more detailed overview about the different articles is provided on this page.
Download the chapter overview including the links (if available) here .
More information you can find 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.

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NOW NEW: "The Future of Local Self-Government" published

The book "The Future of Local Self-Government. European Trends in Autonomy, Innovations and Central-Local Relations", edited by Tomas Bergström, Jochen Franzke, Sabine Kuhlmann and Ellen Wayenberg has been published in ebook and hardcover by Palgrave Macmillan.

This book is the outcome of the joint activities of the EGPA Permanent Study Groups IV "Local Governance and Democracy" and V "Regional and Local Government".
The contributions present research findings from eight countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK) on issues of local autonomy, democracy, functional and territorial reforms, as well as current digitalization approaches and post-NPM measures.
In addition, the intergovernmental interaction of (central) state, regional and local levels is addressed.

If you want to learn more about the book, click here.
You can also access the book directly here.

If you are a member of the University of Potsdam you can download the book from the library website of the University of Potsdam.

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Sabine Kuhlmann at the IIAS-Conference: "Public Governance for Climate Action"

At the conference of the International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS) ) , which took place Dec. 15 to Dec. 18, 2020 and also honored the 90th anniversary of IIAS, Sabine Kuhlmann presented the book"Public Administration in Germany", published in Free Open Access by Palgrave (ed. by Sabine Kuhlmann, Isabella Proeller, Dieter Schimanke, Jan Ziekow).
She also presented recent research on the governance of the COVID-19 pandemic using the German case as an example.
The research was published under the title: "Between Unity and Variety:Germany’s Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic" in the book "Good Public Governance in a Global Pandemic" (ed. by Joyce, Paul/Maron, Fabienne/Reddy).
Find a recording of the talk here.

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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.