Research project

Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS)

The Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS) project seeks to assess the impact of new public management (NPM) reforms in European countries comparatively and quantitatively, drawing on the work of a team of European public administration scholars from 11 universities in 10 countries. COCOPS analyses the impact of reforms in public management and public services that address citizens' service needs and social cohesion in Europe. Evaluating the extent and consequences of NPM's alleged fragmenting tendencies and the resulting need for coordination is a key part of assessing these outcomes.


By drawing on eight related international research projects, COCOPS maps and analyses innovative mechanisms in the public sector for improving social and policy coordination, especially in light of the impact of the fiscal crisis on the public sector. Furthermore, it aims to contribute to our understanding of the impact of NPM by integrating sectoral and national analyses. It also seeks to contribute to the development of future public sector reform strategies by drawing on past experiences, exploring trends and studying emerging public sector coordination practices.


Project partners

The project is led by the Hertie School in partnership with Erasmus University Rotterdam; other academic partners in this three-year project are the University of Bergen, Bocconi University, the University of Cantabria, Cardiff University, Corvinus University Budapest, the University of Exeter, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Tallinn University of Technology.



1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2014



COCOPS has received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement No. 266887, Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities.



Explore selected publications by COCOPS on the Hertie School Research Repository.


COCOPS website

Project lead

Faculty and researchers

  • Kai Wegrich, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy